11 July 2014, 14:13

Don Quixote - a joyous comedy ballet

Don Quixote - a joyous comedy ballet
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Don Quixote is a joyous comedy ballet that was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Austrian composer Ludwig Minkus. Based on an episode from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, it premiered to great success at the Bolshoi in 1869.

Currently, the company’s repertoire has the version with the choreography by Alexei Fadeechev.

The Bolshoi’s prima Maria Alexandrova, who will star as Kitri in New York on July 22d, says why Don Quixote is always a welcome production in every theater…

“Because it is very sunny and easy to watch. It leaves the audience in a good mood. While the dancers are working hard, the spectators are enjoying the atmosphere,” Maria Alexandrova said.

Don Quixote was brought from Russia to other countries first by Anna Pavlova's company in 1924. Since then the ballet has seen numerous revivals. For example, American choreographer George Balanchine presented a modern version at the New York City Ballet in 1965. And Mikhail Baryshnikov created his own version for the American Ballet Theatre in 1980. But there always has been something special about the Russian productions of Don Quixote, Maria Alexandrova says.

“I think this is the openness which has always been typical of the Bolshoi ballet style. I mean the brightness and emotional side of the performances.”

Don Quixote is a ballet which has a great number of characters, who contribute greatly to the whole story. The Bolshoi’s rising star Anna Tikhomirova told Radio VR about her participation in the production…

“I also dance Kitri at the Bolshoi, but this time in the US I will perform the street dancer. However, I like this part as much as the title role because it is very interesting,” Anna Tikhomirova said.

At Lincoln Center Festival the Bolshoi will give three performances of Don Quixote, starring Maria Alexandrova, Yekaterina Krysanova and Yekaterina Shipulina as Kitri and Vladislav Lantratov, Semyon Chudin and Mikhail Lobukhin as Basilio.


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