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Don Quixote

2021 / 2022                 Main Hall                  the 9th Season

20 October * Wednesday * 7:00 pm

23 October * Saturday * 6:00 pm


Ludwig Minkus

Don Quixote

ballet in 2 acts (5 scenes) and a Prologue


Choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky


Choreographer-Producer – Altynai Asylmuratova, People's Artist of Russia

Assistant Choreographers – Konstantin Zaklinsky, Honoured Artist of Russia / Yelena Sherstnyova

Music Director and Conductor – Arman Urazgaliyev

Conductor – Ruslan Baimurzin

Set Designer – Ezio Frigerio

Costume Designer – Franca Squarciapino

Projection Designer – Sergio Metalli

Lighting Designer – Jacopo Pantani


In 1869, Marius Petipa created a ballet based on the story, adapted from Cervantes's novel Don Quixote. Having travelled extensively in Spain, the choreographer got into the spirit and folk dance traditions of this country, and managed to bring their richness and originality to the stage.

However, Petipa, like many of his predecessors, used only two chapters from the second volume of this great literary source, which tell about the failed marriage of the rich Camacho (in the ballet - Gamache) and the beautiful Quiteria (Kitri), beloved of the village boy Basilio. In late December, the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre premiered the comic play, in which only Dulcinea performed pure classical dance, and other heroes performed character dances.

In 1871, Petipa created a new version of the ballet for the premiere at the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg. In 1900, Alexander Gorsky staged a new production of Don Quixote. He kept the scenario plan and the base of Petipa’s choreography. Simon’s Spanish Dance and Nápravník’s Fandango were added to Minkus’s music. Gorsky did much to organize the crowd scenes in a new way to avoid ‘any traditional symmetry’. Korovin, Golovin and Clodt's innovative scenography was a success. It was this exact performance that became a classic example not only for the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres, but also for many theatre stages worldwide.





Kitri –                  Anel RUSTEMOVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


Basilio –              Arman URAZOV


Don Quixote –    Zhanibek IMANKULOV


Sancho Panza –   Bostan KOZHABEKOV


Espada, Lead ToreadorZhanibek AKHMEDIYEV


The Street Dancer –    Anastasia ZAKLINSKAYA


Lorenzo –            Zhanadil BEISSEMBIYEV


Gamache –          Rakhmetulla NAUANOV


Queen of the Dryades – Gulnaz ZHANAYEVA

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Kitri –                  Shugyla ADEPKHAN


Basilio –              Serik NAKYSPEKOV


Don Quixote –    Zhanibek IMANKULOV


Sancho Panza –   Ulan BEISSENBAYEV (first performance)


Espada, Lead ToreadorGalymzhan NURMUKHAMET


The Street Dancer –    Adelina TULEPOVA


Lorenzo –            Zhanadil BEISSEMBIYEV


Gamache –          Ildar SHAKIRZYANOV (first performance)


Queen of the Dryades – Sofiya ADILKHANOVA





Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (with one interval)