Don Quixote follows the chivalrous adventures of the titular character - a bumbling, delusional knight - and his loyal squire, Sancho Panza.
In Barcelona, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza encounter Kitri and Basilio, a young couple who cannot be together because Kitri’s father is determined to marry her off to the wealthy Gamache. Determined to help the lovers, Don Quixote takes it upon himself to intervene.
The story has inspired numerous balletic renderings, but the most popular is the three-act version devised, and subsequently revised, by Marius Petipa.
The ballet is best known for the spectacular grand pas de deux in the last Act – overhead lifts, big jumps and a fan variation for fiery Kitri.
Other memorable moments include the dream vision scene of Act Two and the dances for Kitri and her friends in Act One.
Acosta, who has danced the role of Basilio on numerous occasions, created his lively and busy interpretation for The Royal Ballet in 2013.
This season’s revival will see the Cuban star return to his former company, not as a dancer – he retired from the Royal two years ago – but in the role of guest coach.
Setting out to showcase the flamboyance and technical brilliance of the whole cast, Acosta retains Petipa’s choreographic highlights while adding his own energetic sequences to bring the sunshine and spirit of Spain to the stage.
Notably, Acosta has created brand new choreography for the gypsy scene in the Act Two, adding Spanish guitarists and cries of 'Olé' to the scene. He also has his Don Quixote ride a life-sized puppet horse.
Designs by Tim Hatley and Hugh Vanstone add to the warmth, charm and entertainment of Acosta’s production.
Expect Spanish flair and ballet bravura aplenty!
Don Quixote will be broadcast to cinemas worldwide on Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019 as part of the Live Cinema season
|What||Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet, ROH|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
15 Feb 19 – 04 Apr 19, 19:30 Sat mats 13:30, Sat eve 19:00 Dur.: 2hours 50 mins approx (TBC)
|Website||Click here to book via the ROH|