Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Don Quixote - A flirtatious favourite
Where: Regent Theatre
When: Saturday 21 March at 7.30pm
The Royal New Zealand Ballet opens its 2015 season ‘somewhere in La Mancha’ with Don Quixote: a timeless tale of adventure, chivalry and love that has inspired one of the greatest works in classical ballet.
The RNZB’s Don Quixote, first seen in 2008 and acclaimed for its ‘smashing dancing’, is a fiery, flirtatious delight, combining virtuoso choreography with comic flair that appeals to all ages.
Don Quixote is a ballet that excites new RNZB Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia: “I’m very happy that in my first season I can push our young talented dancers to rise to the challenge that this ballet presents to combine brilliant balletic technique with the great acting ability. The dancers have a superb story to tell and they will give it their all”.
The fast-paced story follows dreamer Don Quixote, together with his nephew Sancho Panza, as they nobly aid and abet lovers Kitri (beautiful and feisty) and Basilio (penniless but proud) in their struggles with the devious Gamache and his cohort of street dancers, Kitri’s pretentious father, and a very cute shaggy dog.
Complete with runaway lovers, a visitation from Cupid and a moonlit gypsy encampment, ‘Don Q’ is a romp of a ballet that will bring Barcelona sunshine to audiences around New Zealand. A special highlight is the bravura grand pas de deux for lovers Kitri and Basilio who ignite Spanish fire onstage with every breathtaking step and prove that true love really does conquer all.
The fun-filled production, set in Barcelona, includes vivid storybook style sets and costumes by former Artistic Director and designer Gary Harris (The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty) with choreography by New Zealander Adrian Burnett.
Photo credit: Ross Brown