Home Theaters Moscow Russian National Ballet Theatre 3 August 2018, 19:00 - Don Quixote
2018 | Friday
Classical ballet
Russian National Ballet Theatre, Moscow
Duration: 2 hours10 minutes
World premiere: Theater "Russian Ballet", December 14, 2017

Don Quixote is a famous ballet based on the epic masterpiece by Miguel de Cervantes. The most successful choreography for the ballet was created by Marius Petipa at the height of his career. As the ballet begins, an aging nobleman named Don Quixote becomes obsessed with stories of ancient rivalry. Appearing a little silly, he uses his imagination and pretends to be a brave night. He imagines that he sets out to rescue the lady of his dreams, named Dulcinea. He transforms his servant, Sancho Panza, into a trusty squire and off they go. Don Quixote leads a charge against imaginary enemies, which he sees everywhere. He proceeds to fight invisible rivals, puppets, and windmills. Known for its balletic fireworks and bravura steps, this ballet is a tour de force, requiring the dancers to tackle some of the most technically-demanding choreography in classical ballet. Don Quixote is a must-see ballet for all the family - a fast-paced dance spectacle packed with virtuoso dancing, a fanciful storyline, and hilarious characters.

A well-known story about the noble knight from La Mancha from the novel by Miguel Cervantes "Artful Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha" to the music of Ludwig Minkus is embodied on the ballet stage by the artistic director of the theater People's Artist of the USSR Vyacheslav Gordeev.According to Vyacheslav Gordeyev, artistic director of the Russian Ballet, "This premiere will be a prologue to the celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of the greatest choreographer, Marius Petipa, who dedicated his life to the Russian Terpsichore. We try to make the ballet bright and life-affirming. He is full of love, humor and fun. The spectator will receive a charge of positive emotions, a good mood. "Based on the plot of the novel by Cervantes and the scenarios of Petipa and Gorsky, Gordeev composed his own libretto. The plot will unfold in two acts and six scenes. A great connoisseur of classics, Vyacheslav Gordeev is a choreographer, he kept in the choreographic fabric of the play the golden pages of Petipa and Gorsky's works. At the same time he gave the play a new scenographic look. He will play with new colors, will be more dynamic and understandable on the plot. The main characters - Don Quixote and Sancho Panso are not just comedic-dramatic heroes - they have acquired dance parties. In the play, new characters will appear, for example, Alonso Kihano (the young Don Quixote), the nun Joanna, the niece of Don Quixote.The stars of the theater will perform in the main parts: prima ballerina, laureate of international competitions and "Soul of Dance" award Anna Shcherbakova, premier of the theater, honored artist MO Dmitriy Kotermin, leading soloists, laureates of international competitions Julia Zvyagina, Mstislav Arefiev, Vladimir Mineev.



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 anima­tion in the air. Kitri, daughter of the innkeeper, is flirting with Basilio, the barber, who is in love with her. Finding them together Lorenzo, Kitri’s father, chases Basilio away: the barber is no fit match for his daughter. Lorenzo intends Kitri to marry Gamache, a rich noble­man. Kitri refuses outright to submit to her father’s 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 knight’s 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-bearer’s rescue.

Seeing Kitri, Don Quixote thinks she is the beautiful Dulcinea whom he has seen in his dreams and chosen as ‘the lady of his heart’. 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 announce­ment 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 overcоme by noble indignation accuses Lorenzo of hardheartedness and, threatening him with his sword forces him to agree to his daughter’s 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, ‘the lady of his heart’, 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 Duke’s castle. All is ready for the reception of Don Quixote.
Having heard from Sancho Panza the happy story of Kitri and Basilio’s 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 mis­takes her for ‘the lady of his reveries’. But the Duke and Sancho Panza manage to persuade him that she is the very same innkeeper’s daughter whom he helped to unite with Basilio, her sweetheart.
The festivities continue. All thank the va­liant knight and his faithful sword-bearer.

Casts & Credits

Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Artistic Director: Evgeny Amosov
Artistic Director: Vladimir Moiseyev
Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Artistic Director: Evgeny Amosov
Artistic Director: Vladimir Moiseyev