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Watch: Don Quixote in rehearsal

A glimpse behind-the-scenes at the first rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's exuberant new work.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

9 July 2013 at 5.34pm | 5 Comments

Rehearsals are underway for Don Quixote, a new piece by Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta, inspired by Marius Petipa’s original ballet. Based on the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes, the ballet follows the adventures of the bumbling knight Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza.

The new production, Carlos’s first work for The Royal Ballet, will open the 2013/14 Season at The Royal Ballet with a gala performance on 30 September. It will also be screened live in cinemas on 16 October.

Carlos has been performing at Covent Garden as a Principal Guest Artist since 2003, and is already established as an exciting choreographer: his first work, Tocororo – A Cuban Tale, was a sell-out success when it had its premiere at Sadler’s Wells in 2003.

Don Quixote, which will feature designs by Tim Hatley and lighting by Hugh Vanstone, promises to bring Spanish flair and colour to the main stage.

Don Quixote will run from 5 October until 6 November. Tickets are available now.
The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

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By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

9 July 2013 at 5.34pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged behind the scenes, by Carlos Acosta, Don Quixote, Production, Rehearsal

This article has 5 comments

  1. Pat Patterson responded on 1 August 2013 at 9:03pm Reply

    Carlos Acosta is producing/presenting Don Quixote, but is he dancing in it as well??

  2. Svetlana Gladtsyna responded on 25 September 2013 at 8:12pm Reply

    Could you please clarify whose version Mr.Acosta was particularly inspired by, the first ever put on by Petipa at the Mariinsky (St.Pete) which was not extremely successful. or world famous by Alexander Gorsky staged at the Bolshoy a bit later, immediately having a runaway success and which is still being performed?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 26 September 2013 at 10:24am

      Hi Svetlana,

      Carlos' production follows Petipa's staging.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      Content Producer

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