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22 September 2014 (Mon), 19:30 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Stars of the Stars Classical Ballet Ludwig Minkus "Don Quixote" (Ballet in 3 acts)

Running time: 3 hours (till 22:30)

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Ludwig Minkus "Don Quixote" (Ballet in 3 acts) 2018

Conductor: Marius Stravinsky
Dancer: Ivan Zayzev
Dancer: Oksana Bondareva

Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Set Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Alexander Gorsky
Staging: Mikhail Messerer
Choreography: Igor Belsky
Costume Designer: Alla Marusina
Lighting Designer: Alexander Kibitkin
Choreography: Nina Anisimova
Musical Director: Pavel Bubelnikov

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet

Classical Ballet in 3 acts

World premiere: 14 December 1869, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow (choreography by Marius Petipa)
Premiere of this production: 11 April 2012, Mikhailovsky theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Colourful, vibrant, direct, spontaneous: all these epithets can be applied to Don Quixote, but none of them can fully convey the sense of joy that the ballet invariably arouses in the audience. The red capes of the toreadors, the strumming of guitars, the clicking of castanets, coquettish glances from behind open fans... The enchanting levity of the Ďballet of Spainí surges onto the Mikhailovsky Theatre stage. Each performer interprets this ballet in their own way. While it demands virtuosity and stamina, the dancers are given complete freedom of choice in the way they act the parts. It is possible to depict the sincerity and straightforwardness of the characters or present them as cunning deceivers; place an emphasis on simple domestic details, or portray fiery passions. The permutations are endless, and therein lies one of the secrets of the balletís phenomenal popularity.

Libretto: Marius Petipa

The Mikhailovsky Theatre would like to express its gratitude to†Mr†Toshihiko†Takahashi for his support in creating the production.

Don Quixote is one of the most life-affirming, colorful and festive ballets. Itís interesting that despite its name, this brilliant piece is not a stage version of the famous novel by Miguel de Cervantes, but an original choreographic work by Marius Petipa vaguely based on Don Quixote.

In 1869, the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre gave a premiere of the comic play staged by Marius Petipa to Minkusís music, telling a story of the failed wedding of a young beauty and a rich nobleman, because of the true love of the heroine to a poor guy.
In 1871, Petipa created a new version of the ballet for the premiŤre at the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg. In 1900, a new production of Don Quixote was staged by Alexander Gorsky. Gorsky kept the scenario plan and, partly, Petipaís choreography. Gorsky organized the crowd scenes in a new way to avoid ďany symmetryĒ. Borrowing from the principles of theatrical aesthetics of the Moscow Art Theatre, Gorsky did much for the ďrevivalĒ of academic ballet.
In 1902, the Gorskyís production was shown at the Mariinsky Theatre. The stars of the imperial stage, as Mathilde Kschessinska (Kitri), Nicholas Legat (Basilio), Enrico Cecchetti (Sancho Panza) contributed to the success of this remarkable performance. The production became the classical one.

At the Mikhailovsky Theatre the ballet Don Quixote has been restaged by Mikhail Messerer: he used much of what had been suggested by several generations of choreographers, including students and followers of Alexander Gorsky. The best ballet soloists are happy share with the audience the joy they feel performing the ballet that never fades.



Don Quixote, having read his fill of romances about knights and chivalry, decides to set off on his travels in order to achieve great feats, which will bring glory to his name. As his sword-bearer, he chooses the loyal Sancho Panza, a man of sober outlook who is not prone to dreams.

Act I

In Barcelona there is festive anima≠tion in the air. Kitri, daughter of the innkeeper, is flirting with Basilio, the barber, who is in love with her. Finding them together Lorenzo, Kitriís father, chases Basilio away: the barber is no fit match for his daughter. Lorenzo intends Kitri to marry Gamache, a rich noble≠man. Kitri refuses outright to submit to her fatherís will.

At the height of the merry-making, Don Quixote appears in the square, accompanied by his sword bearer, Sancho Panza. Catching sight of the innkeeper, Don Quixote mistakes him for the owner of a knightís castle and greets him with respect. Lorenzo responds in like terms and invites Don Quixote into the inn. Sancho Panza is left in the square. But when some young people start to mock Sancho, Don Quixote immediately hurries to his sword-bearerís rescue.

Seeing Kitri, Don Quixote thinks she is the beautiful Dulcinea whom he has seen in his dreams and chosen as Ďthe lady of his heartí. But Kitri disappears. She has run off with Basilio. Lorenzo, Gamache and Don Quixote set out to look for her.†

Act II

Scene 1†
Kitri and Basilio are hiding in a tavern. Here they are found by Lorenzo, Gamache and Don Quixote. Lorenzo wishes to make an immediate announce≠ment of the betrothal of Kitri and Gamache. But Basilio, by agreement with Kitri, pretends to take his life. Kitri sobs over the body of her sweetheart. Don Quixote overcÓme by noble indignation accuses Lorenzo of hardheartedness and, threatening him with his sword forces him to agree to his daughterís marriage with the barber Basilio jumps to his feet. There is no point in him pretending to be dead am longer.

Scene 2†
In the glade by the windmills is a sprawling gipsy encampment. Here too is a puppet theatre. Don Quixote and Sancho soon appear on the scene. The owner of the puppet theatre invites Don Quixote to watch a show. Don Quixote follows the performance with rapt attention and, forgetting it is theatre, rushes on to the stage, sword in hand, to defend those who need his protection. He breaks down the stage, sends the puppets flying and, catching sight of the windmills, mistakes them for evil magicians whom he has to get the better of. Grabbing a mill sail, he is first lifted into the air and then falls to the ground.

Scene 3†
The wounded Don Quixote and Sancho Panza find themselves in a forest. To Don Quixote, the forest seems to be full of monsters and giants. Sancho Panza settles Don Quixote down to sleep, while he runs off for help. In his dreams, Don Quixote sees Dulcinea, Ďthe lady of his heartí, surrounded by Dryads and fairies Sancho Panza comes back with the Duke and Duchess who have been hunting in the forest. He begs them to help the dreaming Don Quixote. The Duke and Duchess invite the wandering knight to visit them m their castle.†


The Dukeís castle. All is ready for the reception of Don Quixote.†
Having heard from Sancho Panza the happy story of Kitri and Basilioís love, the Duke and Duchess have kindly agreed to allow them to hold their wedding in the castle. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are invited to occupy the seats of honor. A solemn procession files past. Catching sight of Kitri, Don Quixote again mis≠takes her for Ďthe lady of his reveriesí. But the Duke and Sancho Panza manage to persuade him that she is the very same innkeeperís daughter whom he helped to unite with Basilio, her sweetheart.†
The festivities continue. All thank the va≠liant knight and his faithful sword-bearer.

Schedule for Ludwig Minkus "Don Quixote" (Ballet in 3 acts) 2018

Ludwig Minkus "Don Quixote"
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