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Don Quixote DVD (The Royal Ballet) 2013

 

  • Carlos Acosta’s first venture directing one of ballet’s 19th-century classics was eagerly anticipated, as was his own starring role in the production (as Basilio), opposite the Argentinian Royal Ballet Principal Marianela Nuñez (Kitri). Still built on Petipa’s original choreography, Acosta’s clear dramatic structure and vivid stage action gave the ‘boy gets girl despite her father’ story a more convincing air than usual, with Don Quixote’s parallel obsession with Dulcinea coherently woven into the plot. Acosta’s and Nuñez’s performances were peerless, Tim Hatley’s stage designs vivid and apposite, and this production is surely destined to be a perennial Royal Ballet favourite.

    Also available on Blu-ray and as part of a DVD box-set

    Kitri: Marianela Nuñez 
    Basilio: Carlos Acosta 
    Don Quixote: Christopher Saunders 
    Sancho Panza: Philip Mosley 
    Espada: Ryoichi Hirano 
    Mercedes: Laura Morera 
    Gamache: Bennet Gartside 
    Lorenzo: Gary Avis 
    Queen of the Dryads: Melissa Hamilton
    Amour: Elizabeth Harrod
    Dulcinea: Christina Arestis

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Martin Yates 
    Co-Concert Master: Sergey Levitin
    Production and choreography: Carlos Acosta, after Marius Petipa
    Music: Ludwig Minkus, arranged and orchestrated by Martin Yates
    Designs: Tim Hatley
    Lighting design: Hugh Vanstone

    Plus: Interviews with cast and crew; Introductions to Act II and III

    Picture: 16:9
    Sound: DTS 2.0 / 5.1 (5.0 DTS)
    Format: NTSC
    Region code: 0 (worldwide)
    Duration: 125 +12 mins
    Year: 2013



  • "...a jovial and entertaining showcase for classical dancing at its most demanding and exuberant. One of the pleasures of this ballet is to be tickled by Minkus's infectiously melodious score... Marianela Nuñez and Acosta delivered sparky, engaging performances."
     The Times

    "But while this may be Acosta’s night, the show really belongs to his Kitri, Marianela Nuñez. A woman of sparky personality, teasing wit and steely technique, you can see why every man in the village is in love with her. The stage could have been a lot dimmer without her, but Nuñez brings bewitching warmth and down-to-earth humanity to this fantastical folly of a show.Evening Standard

    "Nuñez’s final variation in Act I was a thing of joy as she unleashed her inner ferocity and let rip. Acosta's partnering, his care of Nuñez, was also a pleasure to watch.The Arts Desk

    "...when Acosta and Núñez, as the story’s sweethearts, start sparring, they manage a natural, coquettish rapport that’s quite irresistible, Acosta’s megawatt charisma balanced by Núñez’s fizzy, feisty, fan-wielding vigour... Meanwhile, there are terrific supporting character performances from Gary Avis and Bennet Gartside, and a sharp and humorously turbo-machismo turn from Ryoichi Hirano as the toreador Espada." Metro