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Teatro Regio, Wednesday 12 December 2007 - Sunday 16 December 2007
There are countless transformations in the history of art – from painting to theatre, opera to ballet, even cinema – to which the renowned character created by Miguel de Cervantes has been subjected.
The first Don Quixote ballet dates from 1740 and was immediately followed by numerous adaptations, but by far the most famous version is that of choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Ludwig Minkus, commissioned by the Bolshoi Ballet and performed for the first time on 14 December 1869 in Moscow.
In 1900 and 1903 Aleksander Gorskij restaged the ballet in Moscow and St Petersburg, adding new pieces (on music by Anton Simon and Riccardo Drigo) and characters (the Queen of the Dryads and the Street Dancer) also in virtue of the interpreters available in that period. Another important interpolation, maintained in modern productions, was Gorskij’s addition of the Grand pas des toreadors from the ballet Zoraiya (choreographed by Petipa in 1881).
The ballet, unlike others, was not put aside after the October Revolution, but instead, has remained in the repertoire of both the Bolshoi and Mariinky Ballet Companies, with successive choreographic additions by Kas’jan Golejzovskij, Rostislav Zacharov and Anatolij Simačëv. It is presented today by the Moscow company in a new version by Alekseij Fadeečev, director of the Bolshoi Ballet from 1998 to 2000.
Music by: Léon Minkus
Coreografia: Marius Petipa, new version by Alekseij Fadeečev
Year of debut: 1740