Nina Ananiashvili stages "Don Quixote" for the Hong Kong Ballet.
Although she's performed Don Quixote hundreds of times with many different companies, this is the first time Ananiashvili has staged it herself. She has brought with her a strong team: Aleksei Fadeechev, her partner at the Bolshoi where he was subsequently artistic director (and staged the 1999 version of Don Quixote in Hong Kong) as artistic consultant; and Ekaterina Shavliashvili, State Ballet of Georgia's ballet mistress, as assistant to the choreographer. "We're keeping the classic choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, but have cut the ballet down from three acts to two," says Ananiashvili. "So it will be a very dynamic version."