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Don Quixote in Dance
April 30, 2014   
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Don Quixote, a ballet inspired by the classic Spanish novel of the same title, will open this May at Warsaw’s Wielki Theater/National Opera.

The three-act comic ballet, which had its world premiere in Moscow Dec. 14, 1869, is loosely based on the Miguel de Cervantes novel about a knight-errant searching for his beloved Dulcinea. The libretto was written by great 19th-century French ballet master and choreographer Marius Petipa, who created over 50 ballets performed to this day by the world’s top companies. Petipa’s Don Quixote libretto is based on an episode from the original novel, the wedding of Gamache.

Petipa created a multitude of spectacular ballet sequences with solo routines, duets and collective pieces. The colorful extravaganza also features grotesque characters and gentle humor.

The Polish premiere of the ballet took place June 9, 1964, at the Warsaw Opera and now, 50 years later, a new version will open May 29 in the capital, staged by the Polish National Ballet. The Warsaw version has been choreographed by Alexei Fadeyechev and the sets and costumes have been designed by Thomas Mika.

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