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Don Quixote

ballet in 3 acts with a prologue
music by Ludwig Minkus


Choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky
Including choreography by Nina Anisimova, Igor Belsky, Kasyan Goleyzovsky, Robert Gerbek, Fyodor Lopukhov

General choreographic revision and staging: MIkhail Messerer
Conductors: Karen Durgarian, Evgeny Volynsky
Set and costume design: Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting design: Alexander Kibitkin
Ballet masters assistant: Evgeny Popov

2 hours 50 minutes

two intermissions

Premiered on June 21, 2016

Don Quixote is a bright and festivous ballet forever imprinted in the treasury of ballet art: exciting plot after novel by Cervantes and groovy music by Minkus; passionate dances with national colour and classical pas of immense difficulty performed by main characters; magnificent set design and luxurious costumes will, surely, impress audience members of all ages. Choreographic revision of the ballet production is presented by Mikhail Messerer.


Don Quixote, having read chivalric romances, decides to set off on his travels in order to perform the feats that will bring glory to his name. As his sword-bearer, he chooses Sancho Panza, a man of sober outlook who is not prone to dreams.

Act I

In Barcelona, there is festive animation in the air. Kitri, the daughter of the innkeeper, is flirting with Basilio, the barber, who is in love with her. Lorenzo, Kitris father, chases Basilio away: the barber is no fit match for his daughter. Lorenzo wants Kitri to marry Gamache, a rich nobleman. Kitri refuses outright to submit to her fathers will.

At the height of the merry-making, Don Quixote appears in the square, accompanied by his sword-bearer, Sancho Panza. Catching sight of the innkeeper, Don Quixote mistakes him for the owner of a knights castle and greets him with respect. Lorenzo responds in like terms and invites Don Quixote into the inn. Sancho Panza stays in the square. When some young people start to mock Sancho, Don Quixote immediately hurries to his sword-bearers rescue.

Seeing Kitri, Don Quixote takes her for the beautiful Dulcinea, whom he has seen in his dreams and chosen as the lady of his heart. But Kitri disappears. She has run off with Basilio. Lorenzo, Gamache, and Don Quixote set out to look for her.

Act II

Scene 1

Kitri and Basilio are hiding in a tavern. Here they are found by Lorenzo, Gamache, and Don Quixote. Lorenzo wishes to make an immediate announcement of the betrothal of Kitri and Gamache. But Basilio, by agreement with Kitri, commits fake suicide. Kitri sobs over the body of her sweetheart. Don Quixote, overcme by noble indignation, accuses Lorenzo of hardheartedness and, threatening him with his sword forces him to agree to his daughters marriage with the barber. Basilio jumps to his feet  there is no point in him pretending to be dead any longer.

Scene 2

By the windmills, there is a gipsy encampment and a travelling puppet theatre. Don Quixote and Sancho soon appear on the scene. The owner of the puppet theatre invites Don Quixote to watch a show. Don Quixote follows the performance with rapt attention and, forgetting it is theatre, rushes on to the stage, sword in hand, to defend those, who need his protection. He breaks down the stage, sends the puppets flying and, catching sight of the windmill, mistakes it for the evil magician, whom he has to get the better of. Grabbing a mill sail, he is first lifted into the air and then falls to the ground.

Scene 3

The wounded Don Quixote and Sancho Panza find themselves in a forest. To Don Quixote, the forest seems to be full of monsters and giants. Sancho Panza settles Don Quixote down to sleep, while he runs off to get some water. In his dreams, Don Quixote sees Dulcinea, the lady of his heart, surrounded by the Cupid and Dryads.
Sancho Panza comes back with the Duke and Duchess, who have been hunting in the forest. He begs them to help Don Quixote. The Duke and Duchess invite the wandering knight to visit them in their castle.


The Dukes castle. All is ready for the reception of Don Quixote. Having heard from Sancho Panza the happy story of Kitri and Basilios love, the Duke and Duchess have kindly agreed to allow them to hold their wedding party in the castle. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are invited to occupy the seats of honour. A solemn procession files past. Don Quixote blesses Kitri, whom he helped to unite with Basilio, her sweetheart.
The festivities continue. All thank the valiant knight and his faithful sword-bearer.