Don Quixote (ballet)

Release date
Opéra Bastille
Rudolf Nureyev
Ludwig Minkus
Musical direction
Gavriel Heine

Étoiles, Premières Danseuses, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet
Paris national Opera Orchestra

Photo credit
© Julien Benhamou/OnP

Main informations

Inspired by Marius Petipa’s choreography, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quichotte is a true celebration of dance with a Spanish flavour. The soloists and the Corps de Ballet are carried away in ensembles and pas de deux to the strains of a spirited score. Written in the 17th century, Cervantes’ novel recounts the adventures of Don Quixote, an idealist and bookworm who one day decides to ride across Spain with the naive Sancho Panza. In Nureyev’s ballet they meet Kitri and Basilio. The two lovers use every trick in the book - from a puppet performance to a fake suicide - to be reunited, despite Kitri’s father’s resistance. In the end it is Don Quixote who delivers the happy ending after battling windmills and crossing paths with Cupid, Dulcinea and the Queen of the Dryads. The costumes and colourful sets sublimate a vivacious and entertaining work.

Artistic team

Ballet in three acts
After Miguel de Cervantès,
some episodes of the novel
Music / Ludwig Minkus
Arrangements / John Lanchbery

Choreography and stage direction / Rudolf Nureyev
After Marius Petipa
Set design / Alexandre Beliaev
Costume design / Elena Rivkina
Lighting design / Philippe Albaric

Musical direction / Gavriel Heine
Paris national Opera Orchestra

Presented by José Martinez, Dance Director - Opéra national de Paris


Étoiles, Premières Danseuses, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet


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