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Don Quixote

  • 'Don Quijote'. Spanish Dance Theatre © EFE

    'Don Quijote'. Spanish Dance Theatre © EFE

  

Category

Dance

Date

1982

Artist

Luisillo

Original title

Don Quijote

A monumental production by the Spanish National Ballet, with the legendary dancer Antonio 'el Bailarín'  (Antonio Ruiz Soler) at its head, and with staging by the choreographer Luis Dávila, known as 'Luisillo'.

This is the second version that Luisillo made of this towering work of Spanish literature. As in the first, composed in 1964 –first performed in the Zarzuela theatre in Madrid, before becoming part of the repertoire of the Finnish National Ballet– the full title is the 'Adventures and Misfortunes of Don Quixote', and it is set to the music of the composer Federico Moreno Torroba.
Once again, flamenco and the classical tradition come together in Luisillo's painstaking work of artistic direction, giving a spectacle over 90 minutes in length, divided into seven parts, which dramatises some of the best-known passages of Cervantes' novel. Numbers such as the typical seguidillas from La Mancha and jotas from Aragon accompany the development of the plot, which Luisillo designed to be linear and clearly understandable, in a style which is practically theatrical.
 

  

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