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Total duration 2 h 40 min
2 intermissions (30 min)
7 performances
24.3.2018 – 17.4.2018
Ballets
Main auditorium
tickets
15-99 €
Don Quijote

Under the hot Spanish sun

Don Quixote is one of the landmarks of classical ballet, transporting the viewer to a crowd of temperamental people in a hot Spanish village. The stunning staging at the FNOB, the virtuoso numbers and the funny plot twists captivate audiences time and time again. No wonder that Don Quixote is always sold out!

Don Quijote

Dance inspired by Cervante’s classic

Don Quixote (1605), a novel by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, is one of the great classics of world literature. It is brimming with stories suitable for dancing, and choreographers have been drawing on it since the 18th century. The current version is based on a choreography created by Marius Petipa in St Petersburg in the late 19th century. It focuses on the story in the novel where the lovely Kitri and her impoverished lover Basilio require the help of Don Quixote, the Knight of the Woeful Countenance, and his stout servant Sancho Panza in order to get married.

Recommended for children over the age of 7.

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Don Quijote

“Don Quixote is Marius Petipa’s masterpiece, seamlessly combining Spanish dance and 19th-century classical ballet. The diversity of dancing styles and action is what makes creating new stage productions particularly interesting.”

– Patrice Bart, choreographer

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Synopsis

Kitri and Basilio live in the village of La Mancha and are in love. Kitri’s father Lorenzo would prefer to marry his daughter off to the rich Camacho rather than to the impoverished Basilio. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza arrive in Kitri’s home village on their travels, and Don Quixote imagines that she is his adored beloved Dulcinea. Don Quixote decides to stay in the village to help the girl.

Basilio and Kitri escape to a Gypsy camp, where their pursuers find them. They manage to escape. Meanwhile, Don Quixote, in a confused state, fights against the windmills and sees visions of Dulcinea living in the Kingdom of Dryads.

Lorenzo and Camacho pick up the trail of Kitri and Basilio. They attempt to force Kitri to marry Camatho, but then Basilio stabs himself apparently fatally with a razor. Kitri knows that Basilio is not actually dying and asks Don Quixote to persuade her father to approve of their marriage in the groom’s final moments of life. Once Lorenzo has given his promise, Basilio leaps up and reveals the cunning deception. Kitri and Basilio marry, and Don Quixote has another vision of Dulcinea that guides him to further adventures.

A full synopsis and background information are available in the programme booklet.

Creative team

Choreography
Patrice Bart
Music
Ludvig Minkus
Sets, costumes
Ramón B. Ivars
Lighting design
John B. Read
Choreography, spanish dances
José de Udaeta

Performances and tickets

2 h 40 min
2 intermissions (30 min)
7 performances
24.3.2018 – 17.4.2018
Ballets
Main auditorium
tickets
15-99 €
Sat 24.3.2018
at 14:00
on sale
Sat 24.3.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Wed 4.4.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Fri 6.4.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Tue 10.4.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Thu 12.4.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Tue 17.4.2018
at 19:00
on sale

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