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Don Quixote, our legacy of the golden age of classical ballet, is a poignant example of how Spain is portrayed in ballets with its whirlwind ensemble dancing, castanets, fans, polka dot skirts, roses and decorative combs in women’s hairdos. Despite its name, the ballet is not an adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel. Only one episode of the ingenious hidalgo’s many adventures serves as the basis for the story and the dancing scenes. It is a story about the failed wedding of the wealthy Camacho (Gamache in the ballet) to the fair Quiteria (Kitri in the ballet), who is also the object of affections of the villager Basil (Basilio). However, Don Quixote is in no way the lead character in the story by the ballet standards. His role is mostly that of a pantomime artist or a stage walker, while all the dancing feats are accomplished by other characters. This festive, hot-tempered and virtuoso ballet was staged in 1900 (and transferred from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to the Mariinsky Theatre in 1902) by Alexander Gorsky after the eponymous ballet of Marius Petipa, which had graced the St Petersburg stage from 1871.
Kitri: Victoria Tereshkina, Basilio: Kimin Kim, Gamache: Dmitry Pykhachov, Espada: Roman Belyakov, Street Dancer: Maria Bulanova, Mercedes Olga Belik, Flower-Sellers: Shamala Guseinova, Alexandra Khiteeva, The Queen of the Dryads: Maria Khoreva, Amour Tamara Gimadieva, Variation Renata Shakirova Ballet and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
Choreography by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa, Gypsy and Oriental Dances choreographed by Nina Anisimova, Fandango : Choreographer Fyodor Lopukhov, Set design: Alexander Golovin and Konstantin Korovin, Restoration of sets: Mikhail Shishliannikov, Costume Design : Konstantin Korovin.
Coproduction compagny : Mariinsky Theatre, Telmondis, France Televisions, Mezzo, Medici TV .
Running Time : 115'
Production Year : 2021
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Distribution
Video Format : 16/9