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Arts Calendar / November 15 / Ballet
19:00 Don Quixote
Ludwig Minkus' ballet in three acts. 180 min. (with two intervals). Libretto by Marius Petipa based on the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes about the adventures of a country gentleman who read too many chivalric romances. Music by Ludwig Minkus. Choreography by Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky. New choreographic version - Alexei Fadeyechev. Music Director: Pavel Sorokin. Designer: Valery Leventhal. Costume Designer: Elena Zaitseva. Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus is a masterpiece of classical ballet, created at the Bolshoy in the XIX century by the great choreographer Marius Petipa. It’s a classic example of the Moscow style, with its virtuosity, technical bravura, characteristic movement and prominent parts. Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza set out to have a chivalrous adventure. They meet Kitri and Basilio, a young couple who cannot marry because Kitri's father is determined to marry her off to the wealthy Gamache. Don Quixote decides to intervene. With Don Quixote's help, Kitri and Basilio convince her father to let them marry. Don Quixote also persuades Gamache that he would prefer to marry the barmaid anyway. Kitri and Basilio celebrate, and everyone cheers Don Quixote on his way.
Bolshoi Theater 
19:00 Swan Lake
Fantastic ballet in two acts to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Libretto by: Vasily Geltzer, Vladimir Begichev. Choreographers: Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa. Choreographic Version by: Valentin Grischenko. Tchaikovsky’s first ballet masterpiece, Swan Lake, was in fact born twice. Its first birthday happened in 1877, when the ballet was staged at the Bolshoi Theatre to Begichev and Geltzer’s script. The second birthday took place after Tchaikovsky’s death: in winter 1894 the Mariinsky Theatre premiered the ballet adapted by the great choreographer Marius Petipa and his disciple Lev Ivanov. They revealed the profound drama potential of the piece and it was their version that made Swan Lake one of the most popular ballets. The Russian Classical Ballet offers the Petipa version adapted by Valentin Grischenko. The Petipa Russian Classical Ballet was founded in 2007. “Talent and loyalty to the classical traditions of Russian ballet” is the artistic motto of the company. Its main goal is twofold: on the one hand the company seeks to preserve the classical traditions of Russian ballet and, on the other hand, it looks for new, more contemporary forms of the choreographic art and explores new directions and possibilities of choreography. The basis of the company's repertoire includes masterpieces of classical ballet such as Adam’s Giselle, Prokoev’s Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella, Minkus’ Don Quixote, Bizet-Shchedrin’s Suite Carmen to mention but a few. A special page of the repertoire is Tchaikovsky’s three ballets – Swan Lake, the Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty
Novaya Opera Theatre 
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