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Arts Calendar / February 23 / Ballet
19:00 Don Quixote
Ballet to music by Ludwig Minkus, arranged by John Lunchberry. 190 min (with two intermissions). Choreography: Rudolf Nureyev. Staging: Laurent Hilaire. Don Quixote is one of much-loved 19th-century classics - its story is drawn from Miguel de Cervantes's classic novel and set to Ludwig Minkus's score. The ballet has long been acclaimed for its virtuoso dancing, beautiful and technically demanding 'vision scene' and the famously bravura and breath-taking Act III pas de deux. Don Quixote was brought from Russia to other countries first by Anna Pavlova's company in 1924 in an abridged version of Gorsky's 1902 production, though the full-length work was not staged abroad for many years. The famous Grand Pas de Deux from the ballet's final scene was staged in the West as early as the 1940s, given first by the Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo. The first full-length production mounted outside of Russia was a completely new staging, produced and choreographed by Ninette de Valois for The Royal Ballet in 1950. The first full revival of the original Russian production to be staged in the West was by Ballet Rambert in 1962. In 1966 Rudolf Nureyev staged his version for the Vienna State Opera Ballet, with Minkus' score adapted by John Lanchbery. 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.
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theater 
19:00 The Flames of Paris
Boris Asafiev's ballet in two acts. 135 min. with interval. Book by Alexander Belinsky and Alexei Ratmansky on the basis of the original libretto by Nikolai Volkov and Vladimir Dmitriev. Choreographer - Alexei Ratmansky with use of the original choreography by Vasily Vainonen. Conductor: Pavel Sorokin. Costume Designer - Elena Markovskaya, Lighting Designer - Damir Ismagilov. Music dramaturgy conception - Yuri Burlaka. The Flames of Paris is a so-called "revolutionary" ballet which takes as its subject the French Revolution, including in its scenario the storming of the Tuileries Palace by the Marceliers and their victorious march on Paris. The plot is taken from the book of Felix Gras Les Marceliers. Although its setting is eighteenth-century France, it is a perfect illustration of Soviet ballet in the 1920s and 1930s, during which time there was a determined effort to find subjects in world history which reflected the more immediate situation in the Soviet Union, and to show that the October Revolution was part of more universal movements and historical events.
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
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