West Australian Ballet: Don Quixote
West Australian Ballet’s sumptuous classic Don Quixote will come to BREC as part of the Company’s 65th Anniversary season. Playing for one night only on Friday July 7, South West audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy world class ballet on their doorstep.
Choreographed by Australia’s ultimate Prima Ballerina, Lucette, Don Quixote celebrates the best that classical ballet has to offer. From fiery romance to laugh-out-loud humour, the production pushes the dancers to their limits with physically demanding choreography and passionate dramatization.
“Don Quixote is absolutely one of the classics.” West Australian Ballet’s (WAB) Artistic Director Aurélien Scannella says.
“WAB wouldn’t be a world-class ballet company without it in our repertoire and we’re incredibly lucky to enlist the creative talents of many artists from around the world to bring the production to South West audiences.” Continued Scannella
Based on episodes from Cervante’s classic novel, the ballet follows delusional Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza, who set out on an adventure to find Don Quixote’s imaginary lost love Dulcinea. During their eventful quest the pair encounter young lovers Kitri and Basilio and intervene to save Kitri from an arranged marriage to the wealthy but foppish Gamache.
One of the most physically and theatrically demanding classical ballets, Don Quixote won the hearts of Australian audiences when an outstanding adaption for film premiered in 1974 starring Lucette Aldous as Kitri, Rudolf Nureyev as Basilio, and Sir Robert Helpmann as Don Quixote. Since then, Lucette has been widely considered Australia’s favourite Kitri.
Continuing its mission to enrich people’s lives through dance, WAB will present this production to the general public alongside community engagement projects including school visits and providing tickets to those with limited access to the arts.
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