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  Don't miss Don Quixote choreographed by Nureyev at the Bastille Opera in Paris
 

February 27th, 2007
Bastille Opera - Paris
Rudolf Nureyev was already dancing Don Quixote with the Kirov ballet in Leningrad at the age of twenty. Marius Petipa’s libretto and choreography had been traditionally handed down, but had also been subjected to modifications due to successive revisions, the most important of which was that of Alexandre Gorski in 1900.

Basing himself on this version, Rudolf Nureyev was to create a cheerful, lively Don Quixote, full of pace. He used humour and momentum for a series of colourful scenes concerning the thwarted love life of Kitri, the innkeeper’s daughter, and Basil, the barber, combined with the epic “Knight of the sad face”.

This Don Quixote also staged with the Australian Ballet (and filmed in 1972 by Nureyev himself) made its entry into the Paris Opera repertoire in March 1981 at the invitation of Rosella Hightower, then Dance Director.

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