Notes & Reviews:
Don Quichot - an audience favourite of prestigious companies worldwide - is a dazzling display of high spirits, virtuosity and Spanish temperament. The flamboyant leaps, dizzying pirouettes and crisp pointe work that are standard features of this production give the performers every opportunity to show off their technical prowess. Leading Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has drawn inspiration from his production from the libretto of the first version of Don Quichot, created in 1869. The modern designs for the ballet, by the renowned French designer Jerome Kaplan, refer to the time of Cervantes. Special features include a behind-the-scenes with interviews and footage filmed by a dancer using a "bodycam." "A magic moment of ballet." - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Full of Spanish high jinks, Minkus's glittering score offers dancers wonderful opportunities to show off their best moves. The Dutch company may not be the best known in this repertoire, but its enthusiasm and commitment - plus some very imaginative casting - ensure that the audience goes home with a smile on its collective face.
Another distinctive characteristic of this production is its "Dutch" look. ... actors... move on stage with obvious appreciation for the score's requirements and incorporate their various bits of stage business into it very effectively. De Jong and de Rooij are very decent actors... and their final exit from the stage is well managed and rather moving. The audience quite simply loves them.
The familiar pas de deux is now a grand pas, with solos for the two friends and interpolations from the corps providing a spectacular finish.
Run Time: 152 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
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Works DetailsLéon Minkus (1826 - 1917) : Don Quixote, ballet
- Performers: Peter De Jong (Dancer); Karel De Rooij (Dancer); Matthew Golding (Dancer); Anna Tsygankova (Dancer)
- Conductor: Kevin Rhodes
- Ensemble: Holland Symfonia
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Ballet
- Written: 1869