Moscow City Ballet - Don Quixote at ICE Kraków
It has become a tradition that when the first snow falls on the trees and the evenings get longer, Poland is visited by a group founded by outstanding choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov – THE MOSCOW CITY BALLET. This year, the world-famous group of classical dancers will present three exceptional plays, including Don Quixote, a story of the knight errant from La Mancha. The love plot and comical adventures of Don Quixote will be the main themes of the show.
Moscow City Ballet performances are characterised by their stunning costumes, impressive choreography, magical lights and captivating stage design, and as critics say it is hard to resist the charm of the group, nor it is easy to forget them – they create art that is so great, that it is an immense experience even for those who dislike dancing. The emotions and impressions inspired by the Moscow City Ballet cannot be described – you simply have to experience them. In the past years, their performances in Poland were seen by over 200 000 viewers, leaving their plays with burning cheeks, excited by the magical atmosphere of the shows. The talent of the dancers and their professionalism, which was made possible by years of hard training leaves a lasting impression, just like the expression of their movement, combined with a fantastic choreography shows us that the Russians really love ballet. The founder of the Moscow City Ballet, Victor Smirnov – Golovanov once said: “All the characters from the ballets live in me: I am Clara, I am the Prince, I am the Mouse King... It all lives in me.” Perhaps it is the secret of their impressive international success. Those who have not yet had an opportunity to admire the group’s talent and those who would like to once again experience these beautiful moments will have an opportunity to do so in December, when the Moscow City Ballet will present the most famous plays in the world: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Don Quixote.
The latter is the favourite play of the Moscow City Ballet dancers, telling the story of the colourful knight who decides to go on a journey throughout the world in the search of adventure and in order to protect good and honour. According to critics, Don Quixote is more than a ballet – it is a colourful and captivating show, dazzling the audience with its variety of dance, exciting with its ingenious and humorous narrative and effective music, fitting perfectly to each scene. Moreover, the arrangement which conforms to all the rules of classical ballet is also filled with sounds of instruments typical of Spanish music, namely tambourine and castanets. However, it is the choreography presented by the dancers that leaves the most lasting impression. Don Quixote presents a wide variety of dances – gallops, waltzes, marches, polkas, as well as characteristic Spanish dances, such as seguidilla and bolero, which give the whole work a specific atmosphere. The rich costumes of the dancers, kept in vibrant and joyous colours, as well as sophisticated stage design suggestively illustrate the Spanish and fairytale atmosphere of the show.