As a fan of Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote, I was keen to see the ballet version at the Royal Opera House. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and updated by Carlos Acosta, the dancing is accompanied by Ludwig Minkus’ music.
I found the piece entertaining and light, but I would have liked to have seen more of Don Quixote himself, as well as his sidekick Sancho Panza. Too often they were relegated to lookers-on while more traditional ballet characters – such as a beautiful young girl and her lover – performed. I liked the music, though.