Ballet in three acts with prologue
Based on several scenes taken from the novel by Miguel de Cervantes
Music : Ludwig Minkus
Choreography : Ruldof Nureyev after Marius Petipa
In 1959, at the age of 21, Rudolf Nureyev with Ninel Kourgapkina as his partner gave a brilliant performance of Basil with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad. Once he had chosen to remain in the West in 1961, this became one of his cult roles, highlighting yet another facet of the dancer/actor: his mischievous spirit and his gift for comedy.
RUDOLF NUREYEV AND DON QUIXOTE
Nureyev also gave his Don Quixote to the Zurich Opera Ballet (1979) and the National Ballet of Norway (1980).