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Choreography (after Marius Petipa)
Eleana Andreoudi / Maria Kousouni / Rina Shimada (Jovanka Zarić, Alicia Townsend)
Danilo Zeka / Vangelis Bikos / Giordano Bozza (George Hatzopoulos)
Maria Kousouni / Vanessa Kourkoulou / Jovanka Zarić / Margarita Kostoglou
Igor Siadzko / (Antonis Koruti) / Yannis Gantsios / Yannis Mitrakis
Thanassis Solomos / Evangelos Lafaras
Ektor Bollano / Michalis Pappas
Mania Karavassili / Despina Bisbiki (Cleopatra Aneroussou)
Stelios Katopodis (Michalis Kriebardis)
With the Orchestra, Soloists, Principal Dancers, Demi-Soloists and the Corps de ballet of the Greek National Opera
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Ballet • New production
Greek National Opera Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Starts at: 19.30 (Sunday 18.30) |
The production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.
GNO Ballet sponsor
The Greek National Opera’s Ballet presents a new ambitious production of Ludwig Minkus’ Don Quixote, one of the most famous ballets of all times. Thiago Bordin’s choreography is based on Marius Petipa’s classical choreography, that premiered in 1869 at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Don Quixote is one of the greatest and most popular classical ballet repertoire works. Through Minkus’ unique music, the choreography tells an enduringly moving story about the lofty ideals of chivalry, combining comic and romantic elements.
Don Quixote is considered a great challenge for classical dancers, due to its high degree of technical difficulty, and the way in which it is rendered is decisive for the quality of a ballet ensemble. It is no coincidence that it in the world of classical dance it has become customary to say that “a team that can render Don Quixote correctly can dance everything”. This work has become a source of inspiration for many choreographers and dancers all over the world and it is staged every year at most opera houses across the globe.
Don Quixote is based on episodes from Miguel de Cervantes’ (1547-1616) famous novel of the same title, which was published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615 respectively. The story of the ballet draws mainly upon the second volume and focuses on the stormy love affair between Quiteria –Kitri in the ballet– and barber Basilio. The adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza remain in the background.
For Don Quixote’s new production, the Director of the GNO Ballet Konstantinos Rigos has assembled a team of world-class artists: choreographer Thiago Bordin for the revival of Petipa’s classical choreography, internationally acclaimed Greek set designer George Souglides for the sets and the famous Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou for the costumes. Alongside them, animation designer Eirini Vianelli and lighting designer Christos Tziogkas.