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Don Quixote, October 19-29

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#1 Dale


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Posted 14 October 2006 - 09:56 AM

Some interesting casting here, plus the amazing Gonzalo Garcia continues his guest visit.

From the company:

October 19-29, 2006

Music: Ludwig Minkus, arranged by John Lanchbery
Choreography: Rudolf Nureyev
Sets and Costumes: Nicholas Georgiadis
Lighting: Pierre Lavoie

Casting subject to change

Thurs. Oct. 19 7pm (Kitri: Lorna Feijˇo, Basilio: Yury Yanowsky)
Friday Oct. 20 8pm* (Larissa Ponomarenko, Basilio: Nelson Madrigal) ( Pre-Curtain Talk: 7pm)
Saturday Oct. 21 2pm (Erica Cornejo, Basilio: Gonzalo Garcia*)
Saturday Oct. 21 8pm (Kitri: Lorna Feijˇˇ, Basilio: Yury Yanowsky)
Sunday Oct. 22 2pm (Larissa Ponomarenko, Basilio: Nelson Madrigal)
Sunday Oct. 22 7pm (Erica Cornejo, Basilio: Gonzalo Garcia*)
Thursday Oct. 26 7pm
Friday Oct. 27 8pm (Pre-Curtain Talk: 7pm)
Saturday Oct. 28 2pm
Saturday Oct. 28 8pm
Sunday Oct. 29 2pm
*Guest Artist

The season opens with the revival of Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote, which was last performed by the Company in 2003. Described by Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald as "easily the most rousing and animated" of all Don Quixotes, the production has played a pivotal role in the history of Boston Ballet. Nureyev staged this high-spirited, comic romp on the Company in 1982 and danced the leading role of Basilio, first in Boston and then on a tour of the United States, Mexico and Europe. The collaboration with Nureyev brought international recognition to Boston Ballet.

Nureyev choreographed his first Don Quixote in Vienna in 1966, and it became one of his greatest successes. In 1981, two years before he was named director of Paris Opera Ballet, he was invited to stage his Don Quixote there; the company continues to perform his production to this day. Nureyev based his version on the Petipa production familiar to him from his days with the Kirov. The focus is not on Miguel Cervantes' hero, but on the romance between two of the novel's minor characters, Basilio, a barber, and Kitri, the daughter of an innkeeper who is intent on marrying her off to the wealthy, foppish Gamache. In 1971, a year after he staged Don Quixote for The Australian Ballet, Nureyev told Show magazine, "I can't take any credit for these productions which I do only to provide another vehicle for myself and to preserve what is left of Petipa. With Don Quixote I wanted a comic part and since no choreographer has ever offered me one, I did this."

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