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Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Ballet is an amazing combination of dance and classical music, admired and followed by many people in the entire world. Ballet has offered throughout its history a large number of amazing masterpieces such as Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, the Nutcracker, Le Sacre du Printemps and of course, the well known Don Quixote, based in one of the most important works in the world literature; it was written by Miguel de Cervantes.

Don Quixote was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, a French ballet dancer and choreographer, who, inspired by Cervantes' work, composed a ballet masterpiece in four acts and eight scenes accompanied by the music of a great composer named Ludwig Minkus. Don Quixote was first performed by the Ballet of the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow in 1869. However, after a careful editing, the work was extended to fives acts and eleven scenes for the Imperial ballet.

The history began when Don Quixote, an elderly noble becomes obsessed with stories of knights and ancient rivalry. Using his imagination, Don Quixote believes himself to be a brave knight who has the goal of save his beloved Dulcinea. Having in mind this mission, Don Quixote transforms his servant Sancho Panza into a trusty squire. Using his mind and almost reaching madness, the noble Knight fights against imaginary enemies that he sees everywhere.

Some characters that we can find in this work are Antonina, Don Quijote, Sancho Panza, Kitri (daughter), Dulcinea, Gamache (Kitri's fiancé), a Gypsy Chief, Gypsies, Fairies, Gnomes and Dryads performed by great dancers. Don Quixote is an amazing and magic history that highlights some Spanish traditions such as Bullfights and Spanish dance. Although Petipa's creation was not the first ballet to be made from the Don Quixote, it is definitely the best.