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Watch: Carlos Acosta on his new production of Don Quixote

Petipa's classic ballet is given an exciting contemporary twist by The Royal Ballet's Principal Guest Artist.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

20 August 2013 at 11.21am | 4 Comments

The Royal Ballet 2013/14 season opens on 30 September with a gala performance of Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote.

The production, which will be screened live in cinemas on 16 October, is the first choreographic work that Carlos has created for The Royal Ballet.

Don Quixote, as you know, is based on a classic book by Miguel de Cervantes,’ says Carlos. ‘What I like most is that there is nothing serious about it. It is fun and colourful, it's a story that anyone can relate, whatever their age.’

The ballet follows the adventures of bumbling knight Don Quixote and his simple squire Sancho Panza. ‘It is full of great characters and Spanish flavours. People coming to see it are in for a tremendous spectacle,’ continues Carlos.

Carlos is working with leading designers Tim Hatley and Hugh Vanstone (who both worked on Shrek the Musical), and began rehearsals at the end of last season. Watch backstage footage of the rehearsals.

Carlos has been performing as a Principal Guest Artist at Covent Garden since 2003. Previous choreographic works include Tocororo – A Cuban Tale, which broke box office records at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Away from the stage, he has established himself as a talented writer: his most recent novel, Pig’s Foot, made it onto the Waterstones annual list of most promising novels.

Don Quixote runs from 30 September to 6 November and will be screened live in cinemas on 16 October. Tickets are still available for performances on the Main Stage. The production receives generous philanthropic support from Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

20 August 2013 at 11.21am

This article has been categorised Ballet, Dance and tagged Ballet, by Carlos Acosta, cervantes, Don Quixote, hugh vanstone, interview, Production, tim hatley, trailer

This article has 4 comments

  1. Bravo Carlos! The sets look beautiful. Can't wait till I see this production

  2. Cannot wait to see this

  3. Carol Weston responded on 22 August 2013 at 10:18am Reply

    I always make a point of seeing a new ballet production and am looking forward to Don Quixote very much. I have followed the Royal Ballet since 1965 and have seen many productions, my favourite being Romeo and Juliet but I have great expectations of Carlos' new work.

  4. i just played Don Quixote on tour in uk and Scotland with Sofia ballet and can t wait to come and watch the Royal ballet of Carlos Acosta s Don Quixote

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