danceviewtimes has a new blog: Landgraf on Dance, by German dance critic Ilona Landgraf. She has a review of the Stuttgart Ballet's Taming of the Shrew on her blog today:
At its premiere in 1969 the success of “Shrew” was all the more momentuous given that narrative ballets were not in vogue during the preceeding decade and ballet comedies were unusual. Next to Cranko's “Romeo and Juliet”, “Shrew” added considerably to what the New York Times' Clive Barnes termed “The Stuttgart Ballet Miracle” following the company's 1969 visit to the Metropolitan Opera House. The premiere's cast list reads like the “who's who?” of ballet: Marcia Haydée and Richard Cragun in leading roles, with John Neumeier, Egon Madsen and Heinz Clauss as Bianca's (Susanne Hanke) three suitors, and in the corps de ballet: Jiří Kylián. Almost forty-five years later “Shrew” hasn't gathered dust. On the contrary the Stuttgart audience thrilled to it and the atmosphere was splendid.