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Watch: Carlos Acosta on choreographing and dancing in Don Quixote – 'You don't rest!'

With Don Quixote heading to the USA for The Royal Ballet's summer tour, Carlos Acosta reflects on his first work for the Company.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

28 May 2015 at 5.10pm | Comment on this article

'Don Quixote is a must-have in every classical company's repertory', Carlos Acosta told an ROH Insights audience earlier this Season. 'It's a wonderful vehicle for youngsters to prove their technique and prove themselves. It's big, old-fashioned dancing that involves the whole corps de ballet.'

This summer, The Royal Ballet performs Carlos's production of Don Quixote in Washington D.C. and Chicago as part of the Company's US tour.

As part of the Insights event, Carlos summarized the challenge that lay ahead of him in creating a new production of a classic ballet back in 2013:

'How can I interpret what Petipa [the original choreographer of Don Quixote] was doing and bring it up to date, so it becomes fresh, more human, and more "now"? To get that vision I needed to bring in a designer who wasn't from the world of ballet. Tim Hatley was the man for it – as soon as I told him my vision, he began to suggest ideas. The challenge is that something may live in your head, but then you have to translate it. It was a great journey.'

As well as choreographing the production, Carlos has danced the role of Basilio in the ballet. He will reprise the role this summer, and the dual role of dancing in his own production presents him with unique challenges: 'It's fun but you're always concerned that the windmills aren't moving in time', he said. 'You don't rest!'

Watch more films about Tour 2015 productions on our YouTube channel:

The Royal Opera House would like to thank all tour supporters and Aud Jebsen for her support of The Royal Ballet touring programme.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

28 May 2015 at 5.10pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Auditorium Theater, by Carlos Acosta, Carlos Acosta, Chicago, Don Quixote, interview, Kennedy Center, Production, ROH Insights, Washington DC

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