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Don Quichot


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- Adults€21,- tot €86,-
- Kids€21,- tot €86,-
- seniors / 65+€21,- tot €86,-


13/02/2018 - 04/03/2018
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Amstel 3
1011 PN Amsterdam


There’s no better ballet for chasing away the winter blues than Don Quichotte. Dutch National Ballet is dancing this work filled with virtuosity, high spirits and Spanish temperament in the version created especially for the company by Alexei Ratmansky in 2010.

Prominent foreign companies like the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre have triumphed for many years with Don Quichotte, based on the masterpiece of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes in which the title hero and his servant Sancho Panza are fighting windmills.

The version by leading Russian choreographer Alexander Ratmansky in 2010 was the first full-length Don Quichotte ballet to be staged in the Netherlands. Since then, the production has received acclaim as far afield as China, and the dancers of the leading roles have been nominated for many major dance awards.

‘It’s a pleasure to see how the theatre slowly but surely comes ablaze with spectacular dance (..).The production created by Alexei Ratmansky is the best version of this classical ballet around’. – De Telegraaf


Tradition and innovation
As with all Ratmansky’s productions, his Don Quichotte shows great respect for tradition. The former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, who is currently resident choreographer with American Ballet Theatre, based his interpretation on the libretto for the first version of the ballet created by Marius Petipa in 1869, set to music by Ludwig Minkus, as well as on the adaptation made by Alexander Gorski around thirty years later. However, Ratmansky added his own elements and new choreography, and directed the whole with unbridled passion and precision.

Stylish and chic
Whereas other versions sometimes tend to look a little corny in their surfeit of spectacle and humour, Ratmansky has added an extremely stylish and chic touch to his Don Quichotte, alongside the spectacle and humour. This is enhanced by the beautiful, extremely elegant and colourful sets and costumes, designed by the Frenchman Jérôme Kaplan.

Top soloists with acting talent
Besides its dazzling leaps, dizzying pirouettes and crisp pointework, Don Quichotte gives the new generation of Dutch National Ballet principals every opportunity to show off their technical prowess. But at the same time, Ratmansky’s production makes strong demands on their acting abilities.

Mini & Maxi
The roles of Don Quichotte and Sancho Panza – performed splendidly by Peter de Jong and Karel de Rooy (Mini & Maxi) in 2010 – will once again be interpreted by this famous duo.

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