Ludwig Minkus

Don Quijote

The famous novel by the celebrated Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes about the ingenious knight Don Quijote, was written at the beginning of the 17th century and created the prototype of the noble knight who, accompanied by his faithful servant Sancho Panza, experiences numerous adventures all over Spain.

In later centuries, many works of different genres were inspired by the sad knight of Mancha, and he was taken as the model by the choreographer Marius Petipa and the composer Ludwig Minkus, who created the homonymous ballet piece. Ballet Don Quijote was first performed in 1869 in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and has become an integral part of the repertoire of all ballet theatres around the world. In the last one hundred and forty years, many choreographers staged this piece which requires virtuosity, skill, temper and inventivness of the dancers.