Minkus : Don Quixote


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An exceptional Don Quixote (choreography : Alicia Alonso) by the National Ballet of Cuba at the Grand Palais (Paris).

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Minkus : Don Quixote

A magnificent Don Quixote by the National Ballet of Cuba at the Grand Palais in Paris 

Founded by “prima ballerina assoluta” Alicia Alonso over fifty years ago, the National Ballet of Cuba – one of the world’s best companies – gives an insight into its extraordinary talent with Don Quixote.

This joyous, sparkling work is perfectly suited to the company’s mix of classicism and panache – a style that combines Russian technique and American rapidity with a thoroughly Latin sensibility.

Performed in the original Alicia Alonso version, Don Quixote devotes all of its two hours to authentic Spanish dance: sensational portés, vertiginous leaps, splendid pirouettes, sublime solos and stunning variations.

Viengsay Valdés (Kitri) and Romel Frómeta (Basilio) are an absolute delight: technical prowess, powerful stage presence and a flair that permeates every step, every movement.


Minkus : Don Quixote

Ballet in three acts

Music : Ludwig Minkus (1826 – 1917)

Choreography : Alicia Alonso
after Marius Petipa & Alexandre Gorsky

Kitri : Viengsay Valdès
Basilio : Romel Frómeta
Don Quijote : Dayron Vera
Sancho Pança : Javier Sánchez
Lorenzo : Félix Rodriguez
Gamache : Ernesto Díaz
Mercédès : Sadaise Arencibia

Symphonic Orchestra of the Great Theatre of Havana

Conductor : Giovanni Duarte


“An extraordinary company” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

“The most spectacular and best-performed Don Quixote that I have ever seen” – BACK STAGE

“Technical fireworks with brilliant charm and awesome ease” – THE TELEGRAPH

“A glittering showcase for Cuban dance” – THE TIMES

“Alicia Alonso y sus colaboradores han hecho mucho más que “quitarle el polvo” al clásico ruso: se lo han apropiado y, otorgando la debida pleitesía al maestro Petipa, le han dado al viejo ballet la unidad dramática y de estilo que siempre le faltaron.”

Technical informations

HD recording : Grand Palais (Paris) | 07/2007
TV direction : Denis Caïozzi
Release date : 12 June 2008
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC036
Barcode : 3760115300361
Running time : 128 min.
Film : 97 min.
Bonus : Interviews and rehearsals with Alicia Alonso, Viengsay Valdès & Romel Frómeta at the Grand Palais (31 min.)
Subtitles : FR / ENG
Booklet : FR / ENG / SPA
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Code région : 0

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