Friday, 20 September 2013

Don Quixote (ballet)

After the first Royal Opera House opera, Turandot, a few days ago, the Royal Ballet Live will be launching their cinema season on the 16th of October. Marianela Núñez will dance Kitri alongside Carlos Acosta as Basilio. Acosta has danced the virtuoso role of Basilio many times and the Royal Ballet are especially excited that he is creating this new production for them with choreography after Marius Petipa.

The story of Cervantes well-meaning Knight, Don Quixote, and his farmer side-kick, Sancho Panza, has been popular in many forms since its publication in the early 1600s. Marius Petipa's ballet, with music by Ludwig Minkus as first performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in 1869. Coincidentally, I am debating whether to go and see this ballet or the Bolshoi's Spartacus on Sunday 20th Oct (blogging soon!). Don Quixote has wide appeal as a ballet. There are energetic scenes with the whole Company onstage in a crowded port and an uproarious tavern, a grand pas de deux, and atmospheric Spanish music throughout.

Cineworld, Wed 16th Oct, 19:15.
Tickets, adult £17.90, concessions £14.20, available online, by calling 0845 200 2000, or in person from the foyer.

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