BALLET “DON QUIXOTE”

IMPERIAL RUSSIAN BALLET “DON QUIXOTE”

after the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes  

KREŠIMIR ĆOSIĆ HALL  

27.11. AT 19:30 HOURS

 

 

 

BALLET IN THREE ACTS

Ludwig Minkus (1826-1917)

after the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes

 

Choreography: Marius Petipa / Alexander Gorsky

Editorial: Gediminas Taranda

Scenography: Andrey Zlobin

Costume: Camilla Yakubov

 

In 1869. the most successful and most popular ballet by Minkus “Don Quixote” was premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow. It was based on the famous novel by Cervantes and libretto was signed by Marius Petipa, also director and choreographer of the performance. Since then it has become one of the starting points of any reputable ballet theatre and one of the ballets ever staged. Minkus continued his successful co-operation with Petipa for ten years.

Since 1869 and its first performance, “Don Quixote” has been performed all over the world by Russian an International ballet companies. Former Bolshoi soloists and the Imperial Russian ballet Co’s head Gediminas Taranda, has taken the four Acts of the original ballet with its gradual evolution and transformed it into one impetuous act.

 

 

Tickets can be purchased at Tourist-Informational Center at the Peoples Square or online at the web service www.ticketshop.hr

 

Price of admission:

– Parter: 100,00 kn

– Telescope stand: 80,00 kn

– Stand: 60,00 kn

 

PERFORMANCE IN: KREŠIMIR ĆOSIĆ HALL

GENERAL ORGANISATION: EVENT MANAGEMENT PULA

WITH SUPPORT OF: THE CITY OF ZADAR, ZADAR TOURIST BOARD, SIEMENS

MEDIA SPONSORS: HRT – RADIO ZADAR, ANTENA ZADAR, VOX, ZNET

 

 

SUMMARY:

Don Quixote is a middle-aged gentleman from the region of La Mancha in central Spain. Obsessed with the chivalrous ideals touted in books he has read, he decides to take up his sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked. After a first failed adventure, he sets out on a second one with a somewhat befuddled laborer named Sancho Panza, whom he has persuaded to accompany him as his faithful squire. In return for Sancho’s services, Don Quixote promises to make Sancho the wealthy governor of an isle. On his horse, Rocinante, Don Quixote rides the roads of Spain in search of glory and grand adventure. He gives up food, shelter and comfort, all in the name of a peasant woman, Dulcinea del Toboso, whom he envisions as a princess…

 

ACT ONE

Scene I

 

In Barcelona there is festive anima¬tion 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 noble¬man. 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 TWO

Scene II

Kitri and Basil retired at the mill – a favorite place of their secret meetings. Located next to the mill camp Gypsies, who welcomed young lovers. Suddenly, there is a group of pursuers led by Kitri´s father Lorenzo. Gypsies disguised Basil and Kitri beyond recognition and start to dance in front of Don Quixote and Gamache to throw pursuers astray. But Gamache knows Kitri and Basilio. Kitri begs Don Quixote to save her from the hated marriage. Don Quixote challenges Gamache. Treacherous Lorenzo helps Gamache defeat of Don Quixote. 

 

Scene III

In the mind of the wounded knight a vision – it seems that it is in the beautiful forests of the ruins of an ancient castle in the kingdom of the Dryads. Here Cupid hurts his heart with an arrow and the love of Don Quixote to the lovely lady becomes eternal. But it is – just a dream. Sancho returned to his master reality. Appear Gamache and Lorenzo, searching for runaway lovers – Kitri and Basilio. 

Don Quixote sends them off on the wrong track, but simple-minded Sancho corrects a “mistake” of his master, and the chase continues. 

 

Scene IV

In the pub Mercedes welcomes guests. In the midst of a fun shoot in love, rejoicing that escaped from his pursuers. In the pub there are bullfighters and Espada, due to which there is a quarrel between a Mercedes and a street dancer. 

Saying goodbye to the guests, Basil and Kitri immediately worried return. Here are Gamache and Lorenzo. Girlfriends hide Kitri, but in vain. Lorenzo joins hands forcibly Kitri and Gamache and blesses them. Pushing the crowd rushes Basile. He is in despair, he can do only one thing – to die. Kitri begs her father to bless them with love –but  still Basile dies. Lorenzo ranges. Outraged Don Quixote orders to fulfill the request. Reluctantly Lorenzo blesses Kitri and Basilio. Basil quickly rises unharmed – his suicide was only a joke. General fun and dancing is going on. 

 

ACT THREE

Scene V

On the area of Barcelona you are ready for the holiday in honor of Kitri and Basilio. Guests are arriving In solemn march. Among them are the noble knight Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza. 

Festivales in honor of Kitri and Basilio begines. Don Quixote and Sancho say goodbye to everyone and hit the road in search of new adventures.

 

 

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