Ballet season 2011: Don Quixote (Bolshoi Theatre)

Don Quixote

By Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorksy

SATURDAY 7 MAY and SUNDAY 8 MAY (Additional screenings at select cinemas)

Participating cinemas

Running time: Three acts, approximately 3 hours

Performed by the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia

Choreography (original): Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky Choreography (new): Alexei Fadeyechev Music: Ludwig Minkus, directed by Alexander Kopylov. Libretto by Marius Petipa after the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes Set design: Sergei Barkhin Costumes: Tatiana Artamonova and Yelena Merkurova, based on sketches by Vasily Diyachkov (1903)

A stunning production, based on the epic masterpiece by Miguel de Cervantes, originally created for the Bolshoi by Marius Petipa in 1869. This is a new choreographic version by Alexei Fadeyechev and music by Ludwig Minkus.

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.