Don Quixote
21 Sep 2020
Don Quixote
  • Music: Ludwig Minkus
  • Choreography: José Carlos Martínez (inspired on the versions of Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorski)
  • Set Design: Raúl García Guerrero
  • Costumes: Carmen Granell
  • Lighting Design: Nicolás Fischtel (A.A.I.)
  • Characterization, Make up and Idea and Making of Wigs: Lou Valérie Dubuis
  • *Aditional Coreography of Bolero and Fandango: Mayte Chico

“The Don Quixote ballet by Marius Petipa was, together with Swan Lake, one of the most popular ballets in Russia, where it was created in 1896 upon a musical score by Ludwig Minkus. This colourful work broke with the world of supernatural and ethereal creatures that pervaded XIX Century classical ballet, replacing them with normal village people.

The libretto is based on an episode in the second volume of Cervantes’ Don Quixote (Chapter XXI, “In which Camacho’s wedding is continued, with other delightful incidents”). The action here centres more around Quiteria and Basilio’s stormy love affair than the adventures of Don Quijote and Sancho themselves.

I used as a base Marius Petipa’s original choreography, together with the various versions I have had the chance to dance (Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Gorski). It seemed to me important to maintain the ballet’s choreographic structure. But I also wanted to paint a more poetically nuanced Don Quijote in his quest for perfect love, embodied by Dulcinea. At the same time, I needed draw it all into the essence of our own dance. I think it is very important for a Spanish company production of Don Quixote, even if it is a version of a Franco-Russian classic, to be respectful with our culture and tradition”.

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