News and features
17 October 2013
Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.
16 October 2013
What did you think of the live relay of Carlos Acosta's new Royal Ballet production?
14 October 2013
How a colourful Spanish novel became a great ballet classic.
3 October 2013
A guide to Carlos Acosta's staging of Marius Petipa's joyous comedy.
1 October 2013
Audience tweets about the first night of Carlos Acosta's new production.
30 September 2013
A close look at the sun-drenched keys and darker hues of a classic piece of ballet music.
Carlos Acosta presents his first work for The Royal Ballet – a dance adaptation of the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Acosta has already established himself as an exciting choreographic talent with Tocororo – A Cuban Tale, a semi-autobiographical work that draws on his childhood in Cuba and broke box office records at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2003.
The adventures of the bumbling knight Don Quixote and his ever-faithful squire Sancho Panza have been the inspiration for countless ballets, of which one of the most well-loved is the version by 19th-century Russian choreographer Marius Petipa. Acosta has danced the virtuoso role of Basilio many times, and now brings his unique and vibrant vision to the story, drawing on Petipa and with music by Ludwig Minkus, full of Spanish flair and atmosphere. Don Quixote, with its famously bravura Act III pas de deux and its infectious joie de vivre makes for a wonderfully entertaining evening.