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Don Quichotte, composed by Ludwig Minkus for the Bolshoi in 1869, was relatively unknown in the West
until Nureyev's new choreography--which naturally gave him centre stage as Basile--was introduced at the Vienna State Opera in 1966.
A later production in 1981 forms the basis for this 2002 success by the Paris Opera. Don Quichotte is in some ways a misnomer for the ballet. Rather than being the dominant character,
here the beloved hero of Cervantes' original novel and tilter at windmills is a catalyst for the troublesome events
which beset the love story of Basile and Kitri.
The dream in which the knight encounters the queen of the dryads becomes a glittering fault in the narrative.
But there is no doubting the fluid delights of the pas de deux between Basile (Manual Legris) and Kitri (the enchanting AurÃ©lie Dupont),
always literally several steps ahead of their would-be romance spoilers,
which rather overshadow the pathos of Jean-Marie DidiÃ¨re's Quichotte.
Nureyev's triumph, though, remains the teeming ensemble dances that reaffirm the close marriage between Minkus's score and the unfolding drama,
here immeasurably enhanced by Alexandre Beliaev's Goya-esque designs.
Ermanno Florio's musical direction keeps the pace light and busy.
Kitri â€“ AurÃ©lie Dupont Basile â€“ Manuel Legris Espada â€“ Jean-Guillaume Bart La danseuse de rue â€“ Marie-AgnÃ¨s Gillot La Reine des Dryades â€“ Delphine Moussin Cupidon â€“ Clairemarie Osta Les deux amies â€“ MÃ©lanie Hurel, Veronique Doisneau Don Quixote â€“ Jean-Marie DidiÃ¨re Sancho â€“ Fabien Roques Gamache â€“ Lauren Queval Lorenzo â€“ Alexis Saramite Le gitan â€“ Karl Paquette La demoiselle dâ€™honneur â€“ Fanny Fiat
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Run Time: 122 minutes
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