DNB’s Don Quichot (Don Quixote) Now Available on iTunes

Via Press Release:

As announced last week by TenduTV, Dutch National Ballet’s new full-length production of  Don Quichot (Don Quixote), created for the company by Alexei Ratmansky, will be available for digital download and streaming from today. Filmed in September 2010 at Het Muziektheater (the Amsterdam Music Theater), the production was recorded in High Definition and features 5.1 surround sound. Don Quichot will be available on iTunes and other major download platforms in the US and Canada, with the UK to follow soon.

Long established as an audience favorite, Don Quichot is a comic ballet, loosely based on Cervantes’ novel. This production stars Principals Anna Tsygankova and Matthew Golding, alongside actors Peter de Jong (Don Quichot) and Karel de Rooij (Sancho Panza) – from the well-known Dutch theatrical double-act Mini and Maxi. Ludwig Minkus’ musical score is recorded live by the Holland Symfonia and the scenic design, by French designer Jérôme Kaplan, beautifully references the story’s era.

For this production of Don Quichot, Ratmansky draws inspiration from the original 1869 libretto by Marius Petipa but stresses that it should not be seen as a reconstruction. “We simply don’t know what was original,” says Ratmansky. “I’ve made use of all the information I’ve been able to find, all the versions I know, and all the famous dances and steps traditionally associated with the ballet. And using that as the basis, I make my own decisions, with great respect for tradition.”

Don Quichot was produced and directed by Adrienne Liron and Jeff Tudor of 3 Minutes West. 3 Minutes West also produced the Hans van Manen Festival, currently available from TenduTV.

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Don Quichot will be priced at $4.99 to rent and $19.99 to own in High Definition, $3.99 to rent and $14.99 to own in Standard Definition.

More information on the title can be found on TenduTV’s website

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