Choreography by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa
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Set design: Alexander Golovin and Konstantin Korovin
Restoration of sets: Mikhail Shishliannikov
Costume design: Konstantin Korovin










3。眠っているドン・キホーテは、夢を見ている。  彼は妖精たちの王国にいて、その中で憧れのドルシネア姫の姿をしているキトリもいる。





About the production

The modern version of Don Quixote does not have much left of Marius Petipa’s original production. Moreover, Petipa was deeply hurt when Alexander Gorsky overhauled the production without consulting him: “Monsieur Gorsky shamelessly borrows my ideas”. However, without Petipa’s ballet, the still-running Gorsky production at the Mariinsky Theatre and all over the world would not have happened.
Marius Petipa created his first Don Quixote in in 1869 for the Bolshoi Theatre. He was not the first ballet master to stage a ballet based on an episode from Miguel de Cervantes’ novel. Various Don Quixotes have trodded European ballet venues since the middle of the 18th century. Ludwig Minkus composed the score for Petipa’s ballet. It was their first joint project and the starting point in their yearslong fruitful collaboration.
While Petipa staged a comedy for Moscow theatre, in his 1871 version of the ballet adapted for St Petersburg Don Quixote’s amusing adventures ended in his death. The critics’ reviews did not predict a long stage life for the production, but it managed to remain in the repertoire for 13 years and then was transferred to the Moscow stage. Alexander Gorsky undertook to edit the production at the start of the 20th century. In order to make the ballet more lifelike, he transformed the symmetrical corps de ballet, so common for Petipa’s productions, into a playful and living crowd. He restaged many scenes, cut out the tragic finale, came up with new characters and used Petipa’s memorable findings from his other works.

Olga Makarova

World premiere: 14 December 1869, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow (choreography by Marius Petipa)
Premiere of Alexander Gorsky´s version: 6 December 1900, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
Premiere of Alexander Gorsky´s version in St Petersburg: 20 January 1902, Mariinsky Theatre
Premiere at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre: 4 September 2019, Vladivostok

Running time: 2 hours 55 minutes
The performance has two intervals

Age category: 6+
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