The Royal Ballet
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - Sunday, June 14, 2015

Great Britain's acclaimed company returns with the U.S. premiere of Carlos Acosta's new Don Quixote, which follows the eccentric knight and his loyal squire--and young lovers Kitri and Basilio--through hilarious misadventures.

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The Royal Ballet
Kevin O'Hare, Director
 
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
 
U.S. PREMIERE!
Don Quixote
Production and Choreography by Carlos Acosta, after Marius Petipa
Music by Ludwig Minkus, arranged by Martin Yates

"Astonishing…theatrical vitality"
--The New York Times

"Enjoyable and exuberant… fantastical folly!"
--London Evening Standard

PRINCIPAL CASTING (Kitri and Basilio) subject to change
Marianela Nunez, Carlos Acosta – Tue., June 9 & Fri., June 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Lamb, Federico Bonelli – Wed., June 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Iana Salenko, Steven McRae – Thu., June 11 at 7:30 p.m., Sat. June 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Sarah Lamb, Matthew Golding – Sat., June 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Roberta Marquez, Alexander Campbell – Sun., June 14 at 1:30 p.m.
 
Great Britain's most prestigious ballet company, The Royal Ballet returns for the first time since 2009--when the Washington Post praised the Company for its "sublime" dancing and a "solidly top-flight" cast--with the U.S. premiere of Carlos Acosta's new full-length Don Quixote.
 
Having danced Petipa's classic Don Quixote with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and other companies throughout his career, Carlos Acosta offers his own take, drawing inspiration from Petipa's original production, with music by Ludwig Minkus arranged by Martin Yates. Based on excerpts of the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, the story follows the eccentric knight and his loyal squire and the young lovers Kitri and Basilio through their hilarious misadventures in search of true love. The ballet is filled with spectacular sets and costumes, gypsy dancers and musicians, and virtuoso dancing.
 
From its early beginnings as the Vic-Wells Ballet at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in North London to its transfer to the Royal Opera House in 1946 and renaming by Royal Charter in 1956, The Royal Ballet has a long history as one of the world's great companies. Now led by Kevin O'Hare, who took the helm in 2012, the Company is known as "a supreme interpreter of dramatic ballets" (The Guardian). Many of the 20th century classics currently performed worldwide were created for The Royal Ballet and the Company continues its quest for new choreography through the work of Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett, and other leading choreographers of the day.

Performance Timing: Prologue / Act I - 52 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 35 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act III - 36 min.

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