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Arts Calendar / February 16 / 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 Romeo and Juliet
Ballet to music by Sergey Prokofyev. Conducted by Timur Zangiev. The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre presents the premiere of the ballet Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev. The director Konstantin Bogomolov and choreographer Maxim Sevagin actualize the plot and deprive it of the touch of a romantic fairy tale. The action of Shakespeare’s drama is transferred from the Middle Ages to the present day and develops at once on two parallel plot levels. On one of them, the modern Romeo and Juliet come to a tragic Shakespearean ending. The parallel level presents an alternative version, where the characters choose to live. The production is created jointly with the MART Foundation. The play, set in Verona, Italy, begins with a street brawl between Montague and Capulet servants who, like the masters they serve, are sworn enemies. Prince Escalus of Verona intervenes and declares that further breach of the peace will be punishable by death. Later, Count Paris talks to Capulet about marrying his daughter Juliet, but Capulet asks Paris to wait another two years and invites him to attend a planned Capulet ball. Lady Capulet and Juliet's Nurse try to persuade Juliet to accept Paris's courtship...
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theater 
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