“Don Quixote” is one of the most life-affirming, bright and festive works of the ballet theater. It is interesting that, despite its name this brilliant ballet is not the staging of the famous novel by Miguel de Cervantes but an independent choreographic work of Marius Petipa based on Don Quixote.
In Petipa’s ballet to the music of Ludwig Minkus, which premiered in the Moscow Bolshoi Theater in 1869, Don Quixote is a minor character, and the plot focuses on the love story of Kitri and Basil.
More than 145 years have passed since the first production but despite its considerable age the ballet Don Quixote remains not only the pearl of the classical repertoire but also the favorite performance of spectators, artists and musicians.
Choreographer Konstantin Uralsky treats the classical heritage very respectfully. He is convinced that the classic is not an archival exhibit, but a living organism. “Don Quixote” is a ballet-celebration harmoniously combining graceful cheerful music, the most complicated choreographic technique, colorful decorations, bright costumes and lighting effects.