Minkus - Don Quichotte | Arthaus 107009

Minkus - Don Quichotte

Label: Arthaus

Cat No: 107009

Format: DVD - NTSC

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Ballet

Release Date: 2nd February 2009

Contents

Artists

Aurelie Dupont
Manuel Legris
Jean-Guillaume Bart
Jean-Marie Didiere
Fabien Roques
Les Premiers Danseurs, Le Corps de Ballet et l’Orchestre de l’Opera National de Paris

Conductor

Ermanno Florio

Works

Minkus, Ludwig

Don Quixote

Artists

Aurelie Dupont
Manuel Legris
Jean-Guillaume Bart
Jean-Marie Didiere
Fabien Roques
Les Premiers Danseurs, Le Corps de Ballet et l’Orchestre de l’Opera National de Paris

Conductor

Ermanno Florio

About

Fascinated by the knight with the unfortunate physique who goes out into the world with his servant, Sancho Pansa, to crusade against the deplorable state of society and to perform heroic deeds, Ludwig Minkus (1826-1917) created a ballet which had a very successful premiere in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on 14 December 1869.

At his side was the great French dancer and choreographer Marius Petipa (1818-1910), who was born in Vienna and worked as ballet composer at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre and at the Marientheater in St Petersburg and is considered the most important predecessor of Tchaikovsky.

This DVD presents the version choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev, which was performed in a new production by the Paris opera in April 2002 with an outstanding cast, among whom were Aurélie Dupont as Kitri and Manuel Legris as Basile. Rudolf Nureyev had himself danced the part of Basile in Leningrad when he was barely older than 21 years. After his spectacular request for asylum in France in 1961, he endeavoured to introduce this work,
frequently performed in the East, to the West. He created a new choreography in 1966 for a performance in the Vienna State Opera. On the whole he adhered to the original Petipa concept and merely reduced the five acts to three acts and one prologue.

Cast:
- Kitri: Aurélie Dupont
- Basile: Manuel Legris
- Espada: Jean-Guillaume Bart
- Don Quichotte: Jean-Marie Didière
- Sancho: Fabien Roques

Choreography and Stage Direction: Rudolf Nureyev (based on Marius Petipa’s Ballet)
Set Design: Alexandre Beliaev
Costumes: Elena Rivkina

Live recording from the Opera National de Paris, 2002.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Menu Languages: GB
Subtitle Languages: None
Running Time: 122 min
FSK: 0
Region Code: 0
Worldwide available excluding Japan

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