Based on the iconic 1973 film
In a creative feat that will see ballet transposed from screen to stage, Don Quixote recreates Rudolf Nureyev and Robert Helpmann's 1973 film in a wildly colourful, palpably textured stage spectacle. A tribute to the legacy of the legendary Russian dancer and director who was a guest of The Australian Ballet in the early 1970s, this production resembles a painting come to life, enriched by a Spanish-flavoured score by veteran 19th-century ballet composer Ludwig Minkus, and vibrant costumes and sets that immerse audiences in a sultry experience of classical ballet.
Don Quixote moves from a rowdy Barcelona port to the ethereal happenings of the Don's dream, to the candle-lit finery of the wedding celebration. A spirited ballet bursting with humour, the story follows the barber Basilio, who wins the hand of his girlfriend Kitri with the help of the visionary knight.
No detail is left unexplored in this rendition of Don Quixote. Emphasising the integral role of the set in evoking the film's seductive atmosphere, the stage brims with everything from flowers to candles, evoking the bustling streets of Spain.
From the ballet's spectacular lifts in Act I, to rousing ensemble scenes and a glittering confection of tutus, Don Quixote is a multi-sensory feast that reminds us of ballet's power in the historical creative canon.
The re-design and restoration of Don Quixote has been funded by The David Hallberg Fund, with support from The Barry Kay Fund.
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Sat, 8th to 25th April
Sydney Opera House
Set below the famous white sails the Forecourt to the south and the Northern Broadwalk both offer patrons stunning harbour and city views and the backdrop for a once in a lifetime event. The Forecourt offers the largest capacity of any Opera House venue and has hosted a number of large-scale concerts including Florence and the Machine and Crowded House as well as welcoming international icons such as Oprah. The Forecourt has a standing capacity for up to 6000 general admission and the Northern Broadwalk has a standing capacity for up to 2400 general admission.
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