Top positive review
on 3 January 2016
About 15+ years ago, there was a televised production of ‘Don Quixote’ which featured a rather chunky ballerina taking the part of Kitri. I mentioned to my grand-daughters who were wee at the time, ‘I’m not sure … but I think I boxed her as a lightweight’ which caused them to shriek with laughter.
No such criticism with Carlos Acosta’s production of ‘Don Quixote’, though; it’s terrific. Some reviewers have complained about the Royal Opera House’s lighting, some about the standard of Minkus’ music but not me; I couldn’t find one aspect of this marvellous ballet of which to disapprove.
With Acosta as Basilio and Marianela Nuñez as Kitri, their dancing is an absolute delight and Laura Morera dances a suitably saucy Mercedes; in fact, none of the dancers could be faulted, especially the Corps de Ballet who were drilled to perfection under Acosta’s leadership.
It begs the question: will Acosta and Nuñez replace Nureyev and Fonteyn in the public’s affection for ballet’s finest couple? A contentious suggestion, no error there – but in my opinion, I think it’s more than a possibility.
Buy this DVD – it’s perfection.