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Don Quixote (Kitri's Wedding), a Ballet in Three Acts (1984)

The American Ballet Theatre, performing at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, June 1983, led by Mikhail Baryshnikov, present Cervantes' story about the adventures of the Knight of Rueful Countenance.

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Brian Large
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Credited cast:
Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Basilio
Cynthia Harvey Cynthia Harvey ... Kitri
Richard Schafer Richard Schafer ... Don Quixote
Brian Adams Brian Adams ... Sancho Panza
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melissa Allen Melissa Allen ... Child
Victor Barbee Victor Barbee ... Gamache
Patrick Bissell Patrick Bissell ... Espada
Gilma Bustillo Gilma Bustillo ... Mercedes, a street dancer
Gillian Cornish Gillian Cornish ... Gypsy couple
Peter Fonseca Peter Fonseca ... Soloist
Susan Jaffe ... Mercedes, in the dream
Elaine Kudo Elaine Kudo ... Flower-girl
Robert LaFosse Robert LaFosse ... Basilio's friend
Valerie Madonia Valerie Madonia ... Dulcinea
Charles Maple Charles Maple ... Soloist
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The American Ballet Theatre, performing at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, June 1983, led by Mikhail Baryshnikov, present Cervantes' story about the adventures of the Knight of Rueful Countenance.

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Don Quixote
(ballet in three acts)
Music by Ludwig Minkus
Additional music by Patrick Flynn
Conducted by Paul Connelly
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Brilliantly danced and exciting, left me with a smile on my face for days
16 May 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The story for Don Quixote is on the thin side and the music is not going to be everybody's cup of tea. I agree that the story is not always involving, but I do like the music and think it fits very well. But regardless of what I think of Don Quixote as a ballet, it didn't stop me from loving every minute of this wonderful production. The costumes and sets are beautifully evoked and make you feel that you are in Spain, the colours are very pretty and how they're designed is tastefully done. The lighting fits very well with the mood, never too bright or dark. The music is played with crisp style, a nice rounded sound and a lively pace by the orchestra, making up for the odd moment of them sounding underpowered. The conducting keeps things moving with control and authority. The choreography is a mix of traditional and modern, and the mix gels remarkably with the traditional elements elegant and nostalgic and the modern sassy and fresh. It is a little hyperactive at times, but much of it left me thoroughly entertained and I didn't find it dull in the slightest. The Grand Pas-De-Deux is just heaven. The dancing I cannot fault, Mikhail Baryschnikov is handsome, charming and commanding, and his dancing is both elegant and powerful. Cynthia Harvey is a great match for him, dancing with grace and control with thrilling turns, and captures the playfulness and charm of Kitri wonderfully. The supporting turns, especially from Susan Jaffe, Patrick Bissell and Victor Barbee, were similarly impeccable. To conclude, even with any minor foibles the production is a sheer delight and I am still smiling even thinking about it. 9.5/10 Bethany Cox


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5 March 1984 (USA) See more »

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