Paris Opera Ballet

Don Quixote

In Cinemas 11, 12 & 15 May 2024
Gavriel Heine
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Sae Eun Park (Kitri), Paul Marque (Basilio)
Ludwig Minkus
Rudolf Nureyev
Alexandre Beliaev
Approx.2h50 including two intervals
Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris 2 Apr 2024
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Ballet in three acts with prologue (1981)

Inspired by the choreography of Marius Petipa and set to Minkus’ spirited score, Rudolf Nureyev’s spectacular ballet is no less than a festival of dance, joyously shining the limelight on the soloists and Corps de Ballet in a wide variety of ensembles and pas de deux.

The ballet recounts the adventures of Cervantes’ 17th-century titular dreamer and his neighbour Sancho Panza as they ride across the Spanish countryside. When they encounter two lovers – Kitri and Basilio (étoiles Sae Eun Park and Paul Marque) – Don Quixote is determined to help keep them together, and after battling windmills and crossing paths with Cupid, Dulcinea and the Queen of the Dryads, it’s he who delivers the happy dénouement.

Elena Rivkina's shimmering costumes and Alexandre Beliaev's colourful sets sublimate a vivacious and delightfully entertaining work.

Opéra de Paris guidance: Content suitable for ages 5+.

Sydney patrons please note: Due to the recent closure of Palace Verona for building redevelopment, this production will instead screen nearby at Palace Moore Park, located in the Entertainment Quarter precinct in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Advance tickets on sale soon.

Paris Opera Ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet, rich in historical tradition, stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s greatest choreographers: George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, and of course Pina Bausch.

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