A couple of years ago I promised to take my friend to see the Ballet Don Quixote, but because of Covid it was delayed. This week we managed to see it at Birmingham Hippodrome and it was worth the wait.
Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Cervantes, first published in 1605. It’s a strange story of a man who appears to live his life in a dream world brought on by the craziness from reading books. Of course it has had many interpretations throughout the years but the ballet only touches on the basics of the story.
I first went to see a ballet five years ago, but I’ve been many times since and each time has been magical. We had front row seats to Don Quixote and the dancers were amazing. However, the show this week was just incredible. I couldn’t get over the talent of the dancers in particular, the young lovers, Basilo and Kitri. It wasn’t until after the show I discovered that they were actually world renowned ballet dancers Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Núñez.
It wasn’t all perfect, there were a couple of stumbles and falls, but overall it was a mesmerizing ballet. The scenery was great and not too fussy. I love the windmill as a projection with morphing evil hands. The wedding scene was just beautiful and I love the bar scene with the classical guitars.
The music was fun and certainly made you think of all things Spanish and sunshine. There was definitely the promised sunshine and laughter that was promised in the preview. The performance finishes tomorrow at the Birmingham Hippodrome, but if you do get the chance to catch Carlos Acosta’s BRB performance of Don Quixote, I would highly recommend it.
Do you enjoy ballet? Have you ever read Don Quixote?