Don Quixote -Kirov Ballet

Victor Hochhauser presents

THE KIROV BALLET

Orchestra of the Kirov Ballet

The Kirov Ballet from the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg makes its debut at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2008. The UK tour is only visiting Birmingham and Salford – this really is a rare opportunity. The 200-year-old Russian company, under the Artistic Direction of Valery Gergiev and Ballet Director Makhar Vaziev, will perform two full-length ballets as well as a Gala Evening of balletic fireworks.

Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote, one of the sunniest ballet’s in the Kirov’s rich classical repertoire, tells of the rocky romance between Kitri, the playful daughter of a social-climbing innkeeper, and her lover Basilio, a barber who is handsome – but broke. This colourful production bristles with authentic Spanish dances, bullfighters and gypsies – all portrayed with an exquisite blend of wit and bravura.

“…a dance-packed feast of broad humour, easygoing romance and a touch of fantasy… [this] Russian classic is still pretty hard to resist.”
The Times on The Kirov’s Don Quixote

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