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Don Quixote in dance
May 28, 2014   
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Don Quixote, a ballet inspired by the classic Spanish novel of the same title, will open on May 29 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 Warsaw version has been choreographed by Alexei Fadeyechev and the sets and costumes have been designed by Thomas Mika.
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