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Watch: Behind the scenes on Don Quixote

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

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

17 October 2013 at 11.31am | 7 Comments

Last night Carlos Acosta’s new Royal Ballet production of Don Quixote was screened live across the world as part of our Live Cinema Season 2013/14. As part of the screening a series of backstage films were shown, featuring rehearsal footage and interviews with the cast and creative team. In case you missed them last night, or just want to find out more about Don Quixote, here they are again:

Members of the cast and creative team discuss Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote

Don Quixote is Carlos’s first full length work for The Royal Ballet. Having danced the virtuoso role of Basilio many times, he brings his own unique vision to the story, offering a fresh, modern take on the 19th-century classic. With music by Ludwig Minkus and designs by Tim Hatley and Hugh Vanstone, the production is full of Spanish flair and atmosphere. Carlos created the lead roles with Marianela Nuñez, and both danced in the opening night gala performance.

An introduction to Act Two

In the second Act, Basilio and Kitri stumble onto a gypsy camp, where they join the gypsies strumming on guitars and dancing. Hear from Carlos about why he chose a very naturalistic setting, and from conductor Martin Yates about his inclusion of live flamenco music on stage.

An introduction to Act Three

By the third Act, all of the characters have ended up in a candlelit, shadowy tavern. With energetic pas de deux and dancing on tables, there is a raucous feel to the scene.

Read audience reactions to the live cinema screening from the 2013/14 Season.

Don Quixote runs 25 November 2014–22 January 2015. Tickets are still available.

The production is generously supported by the Friends of Covent Garden.

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

17 October 2013 at 11.31am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged behind the scenes, by Carlos Acosta, cinema, Don Quixote, films, live cinema screening, Production

This article has 7 comments

  1. Carmen Lucia Murgel responded on 17 October 2013 at 1:58pm Reply

    Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta are amazing!!! They were born to be Kitri and Basilio!

  2. Charlie Holles responded on 17 October 2013 at 4:31pm Reply

    Wonderful production which I saw in the cinema in Cheltenham. Wished I had been in the theatre & I am not normally a ballet fan!

  3. susan galan responded on 18 October 2013 at 1:42pm Reply

    Could not get tickets for DQ Carlos Acosta as all sold when I went on line month ago. Next best the Cinema, Watford. Really enjoyed the whole performance. Absolutely wonderful. Will try to book earlier next tiem

  4. Barbara Jillings responded on 20 October 2013 at 9:03pm Reply

    I'm hoping we're going to get a DVD of this production SOON! I saw the cinema broadscast and decided that the photographers weren't really conversant with ballet. A lot of the filming was too close so that the movements were blurred and there was too much jumping from a full stage to facial closeup. If we're to have closeup, it should be of the feet rather than the face and not seeing the stage as a whole (as it was intended) was a pity. But a magnificent production.

  5. Colin Bell responded on 21 October 2013 at 9:42am Reply

    I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the performance in Covent Garden on October 16th - one of the most memorable evenings I have ever spent watching the Royal Ballet - absolutely magical from start to finish -
    magnificent production - dancing which was out of this world - never to be forgotten. Bring out the video so that it becomes a piece of history.

  6. Moira responded on 27 October 2013 at 6:37pm Reply

    Don Quijote

    Para vesturario y escenografía

  7. Vibrante, fresca, renovada esta excelente versión de Don Quixote de Carlos Acosta. Marianela Nuñez y Carlos la pareja perfecta para Basilio y Kitri. Fue todo disfrute.

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