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‘Don Quixote’ comes to town
By Li Anlan

THE Royal Ballet is bringing its new critically acclaimed production of “Don Quixote” to Shanghai. It premiered at the Royal Opera House in September 2013, and is choreographed by Cuban-born British dancer Carlos Acosta.

The Royal Ballet is touring this new production for the first time, and its only China stop is in Shanghai.

The most celebrated version of this popular ballet was created by the 19th century Russian choreographer Marius Petipa. Acosta, who has danced the role of Basilio in “Don Quixote” many times, is bringing a vibrant vision to the story. This is his first work for the Royal Ballet.

This story of friendship, love and loyalty is adapted from Miguel de Cervantes’s novel with music composed by Ludwig Minkus.

“Despite an opening night that was startlingly accident-prone, Acosta has elicited a genuine, collective sense of larkiness from his production. He has stripped the mime of its most cod Spanish mannerisms and restored a credible sense of spontaneity to the acting,” wrote Judith Mackrell in The Guardian newspaper on October 1, 2013.

The designer for this production is Tim Hatley, the Tony Award winning set and costume designer from the UK. His previous credits include “Shrek the Musical” and “Private Lives” in 2001. Martin Yates will conduct the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra for the performances.

Date: July 3-5, 7:15pm; July 5, 1:30pm

Tickets: 80-1,280 yuan (evening), 80-880 yuan (afternoon)

Venue: Shanghai Grand Theater

Address: 300 People’s Ave

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