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Ballet in high def comes to Grass Valley

From the Paris Opera Ballet, comes Rudolph Nuryev’s “Don Quixote,” captured live and broadcast in stunning HD at Sutton Cinemas this month. This event kicks off a series of five classical ballets distributed exclusively to movie theaters this spring. “Don Quixote” will show at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and again at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sutton Cinemas.

“Don Quixote” is one of the most popular ballets of all time, still in performance around the world after almost 150 years since its creation by Russia’s great choreographer Marius Petipa.

The ballet tells the story of “The Knight of the Sad Face” and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, who are mixed up in the wild love affairs of the stunning Kitri and the seductive Basilio in this richly colourful, humorous and virtuoso ballet. Marius Petipa’s “Don Quixote” premiered in Moscow in 1869 with music by Ludwig Minkus and met with resounding success from the start. The novelty lay within its break from the supernatural universe of romantic ballet. Written as if it were a play for the theater, the work had realistic heroes and a solidly structured plot and scenes. The libretto and the choreography were handed down without interruption in Russia, but Petipa’s version remained unknown in the West for a long time.

In 1981, Rudolf Nureyev introduced his own version of the work into the Paris Opera’s repertoire. While retaining the great classical pages and the strong, fiery dances, the choreographer gave greater emphasis to the comic dimension contriving a particularly lively and light-hearted production. In 2002, Alexander Beliaev and Elena Rivkina were invited to create new sets and costumes specially for the Opera Bastille. Drawing their inspiration from paintings by Goya, they unfold a series of magnificent scenes lit up by the warm Spanish colors of the costumes and the iridescent tutus of the magical world of the dryads. This performance of Nureyev’s “Don Quixote” was captured live at the Opera de Paris in December of 2012 and features the Étoiles, Premier Danseurs and the Corps de Ballet.

The Ballet in HD Series will continue at Sutton Cinemas March 12 with a never-before-seen high definition restoration of a historic Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn performance of “Swan Lake” (Tchaikovsky) at the Vienna State Opera House in 1966. Nureyev and Fonteyn revolutionized the world of ballet by crossing the borders between classical ballet and modern dance. Hailed as the greatest ballet partnership of all time, Nureyev once said that they danced with “one body and one soul.”

Upcoming performances for Ballet in HD Series will be March 12 and 13: “Swan Lake” — Paris Opera Ballet in Vienna; April 9 and 10: “Blood Wedding/Suite Flamenca” — Teatro Real, Madrid; May 7 and 8: “Mahler 3rd Symphony Ballet” — Paris Opera Ballet; and June 4 and 5: “La Sylphide Ballet” — Paris Opera Ballet.

Tickets for Ballet in HD are $9 adults and $7 seniors and children. Advanced tickets are available at Sutton Cinemas box office or at http://sierratheaters.com.

Submitted to Prospector

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