Cape Town City Ballet’s Don Quixote takes centre stage

The Cape Town City Ballet’s rendition of Don Quixote, a journey of legendary Spanish adventure and timeless romance, is currently lighting up the stage at Artscape, running from 12 August to 2 September. Prepare to be swept away in a whirlwind of passion, laughter and extraordinary dance performances as Don Quixote graces the stage. This production is not just a ballet;... Read more → The post Cape Town City Ballet’s Don Quixote takes centre stage appeared first on CapeTown ETC.

Cape Town City Ballet’s Don Quixote takes centre stage

The Cape Town City Ballet’s rendition of Don Quixote, a journey of legendary Spanish adventure and timeless romance, is currently lighting up the stage at Artscape, running from 12 August to 2 September.

Prepare to be swept away in a whirlwind of passion, laughter and extraordinary dance performances as Don Quixote graces the stage. This production is not just a ballet; it’s a thrilling adventure that invites the audience to embark on a journey alongside Don Quixote and his loyal friend Sancho.

Based on the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote unfolds as a mesmerising three-act ballet that intertwines the story of a dream with a heartwarming adventure. At its core lies a forbidden love story that ultimately finds its way to a joyful and triumphant conclusion.

The story revolves around Kitri, the spirited female lead, who is in love with the dashing yet economically challenged Basilio. However, Kitri’s ambitious father has different plans, hoping to see her wed a wealthy nobleman named Gamache.

What ensues is a tale of determination, courage and love prevailing against all odds, as Don Quixote emerges as the unlikely hero who saves the day.

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The renowned British-born Maina Gielgud brings her extraordinary talent to the forefront to recreate an unforgettable production of Don Quixote. As a veteran figure in the world of ballet, Gielgud’s expertise shines through, ensuring that every aspect of the production is meticulously crafted and expertly executed.

Collaborating with her are guest repetiteurs Marilyn Vella-Gatt and the acclaimed Australian-born Mark Pace, both of whom have brought their immense expertise to guide the Cape Town City Ballet in capturing the essence of this cherished ballet.

Marilyn Vella-Gatt, an esteemed Benesh choreologist, has breathed life into ballets by distinguished choreographers such as John Cranko and Frederick Ashton. Mark Pace, currently the lead classical ballet teacher at the Conservatoire of Lille, France, adds his touch to the arduous rehearsal process, further enhancing the precision and beauty of the performance.


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Don Quixote boasts a cast that features a dazzling array of international and local talent. Royal Ballet principal Vadim Muntagirov, affectionately known as ‘Vadream,’ joins forces with the accomplished Japanese dancer, Fumi Kaneko.

From the Bavarian State Ballet, first soloist Antonio Casalinho and soloist Margarita Fernandes add their award-winning prowess to the mix for multiple shows.

Adding an extra layer of magic to selected performances, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Jonathan McPhee, takes the audience on a symphonic journey. McPhee, a seasoned conductor with experience directing major ballet companies worldwide, ensures that the music perfectly complements the dancers’ every move.

With a talented cast, visionary choreographers and a symphonic backdrop, this production promises an unforgettable journey. Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of Don Quixote and be swept away by its enchanting tale.

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Details:

  • Location: Artscape Opera House, D.F. Malan St, Foreshore
  • Dates: 12 August to 2 September
  • Times: Evening performances 7:30pm | Matinees 3pm
  • Cost: R175 – R745
  • Tickets: Here

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