Russia stages flamboyant ballet

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 11:07 18/02/2014

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Don Quixote will leap onto stage in Taranaki next month.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company is doing a New Zealand tour of this flamboyant and festive ballet.

Don Quixote, a retired gentleman, travels the roads of Spain searching for glory and grand adventure.

With him is a somewhat bewildered labourer named Sancho Panza, who he has persuaded to accompany him as his faithful squire.

In return, Don Quixote promises to make Sancho the wealthy governor of an island.

Don Quixote gives up food, shelter and comfort all in the name of a peasant woman, Dulcinea del Toboso, who he envisions as a princess.

Don Quixote was first performed in Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in 1869.

Since it has been performed all over the world by international ballet companies.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994 by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist Gediminas Taranda. The company has staged classic masterpieces in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Mossovet Theatre.

The home venue for the troupe when they perform in Moscow is now the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre.

THE DETAILS: Don Quixote

Imperial Russian Ballet Company TSB Showplace March 7 and 8, 8pm

Tickets from TicketMaster

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