Artistic Director Elena Radchenko brings, DON QUIXOTE, a full-length ballet in three acts with music by Leon Minkus, Choreography by Marius Petipa, sets by Lev Solodovnikov, Costumes by Lev Solodovnikov and lights by Marina Borodina, to the historic Music Hall for one performance, on Saturday, January 10th at 8PM.Don Quixote is the vibrant retelling of the legendary Cervantes novel, the chivalrous dreamer and man out of time, who dreams of a nobler time along with his “squire” Sancho Panza, as we follow them on their quest in the name of the vision of Duclinea, This production is by The Russian Classical Ballet Theatre, to the original music of Leon Minkus and the choreography by Marius Petipa, Today however, the score forming the basis for the present recording can scarcely any longer be judged by criteria of autonomy and aesthetics as Leon Minkus's composition: far more does it represent a practical performing state of the work as it has become stylized after more than 120 years, as even Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky himself took liberties with Minkus’ original score and inserted his own variations to the ballet.The Russian Classical Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.
The company, then titled the Soviet National Ballet, was founded by and incorporated graduates from the great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm. The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies of Russia, and the companies of Riga, Kiev and even Warsaw. Today, the Russian Classical Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with over 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception.
In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by Presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the company. Ms. Radchenko is the founder of the Russian Classical Ballet Theatre, and she has focused the company on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents throughout Russia, with a repertory of virtually all of the great full works of Petipa: Don Quixote, La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Paquita, Coppelia and La Sylphide, as well as productions of, among others, The Nutcracker, Sylvia, and La Fille Mal.
Tickets are $30 to $50 and available at the Music Hall Box Office or at Ticketmaster.com
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