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Singapore Dance Theatre Presents Don Quixote

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A Grand Finale to the 2014 Season Singapore Dance Theatre presents Don Quixote 4 – 7 December 2014, Esplanade Theatre.

Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) presents the company premiere of Don Quixote; one of the most cherished classical ballets of the 19th century repertoire. A celebratory conclusion to the 2014 season, Don Quixote will be from 4-7 December 2014, at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

Don Quixote is the first new full-length classical ballet to be added to SDT’s existing repertoire in the past seven years.

“The decision to proceed with a full-length production of Don Quixote was not one that SDT approached lightly. It is a ballet with a tremendous history and huge expectations attached to it,” says Artistic Director, Janek Schergen. “Don Quixote requires a large cast that can dance, act and move a story along. We had to make sure that we had the right dancers with style, artistic maturity, and technique to bring it to the stage properly. With costume and set designs by Bruce McKinven, and staging and coaching by Cynthia Harvey, I feel completely confident that this is the right time for us to see Don Quixote join our permanent repertoire.”

First choreographed in 1869 for the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia, Don Quixote is based on Miguel de Cervantes’s tale of romance and chivalry that follows the heroic adventures of the aged yet inspired knight, Don Quixote, and his devoted squire, Sancho Panza. Their paths meet with two lovers – the spirited Kitri and the charming Basilio, who are on a quest to marry. With staging by the legendary Cynthia Harvey, gorgeous costumes and set by Australian designer Bruce McKinven, striking lighting design by Adrian Tan, and soaring music by Ludwig Minkus, Don Quixote is set to be an impressive and breath-taking ballet.

Tickets are available through all SISTIC outlets and SDT office from 15 September 2014 onwards.

SYNOPSIS
Set in Spain, Don Quixote tells a story of love, betrayal, and eternal devotion written by Miguel de Cervantes. Kitri, the beautiful daughter of Lorenzo the innkeeper, has fallen in love with Basilio, a poor young barber. However, Kitri’s father has every intention on having her marry the wealthy fop, Gamache. The two young lovers resolve to run away, and met Don Quixote, an old knight, and his faithful companion, Sancho Panza, en route to escape. With a series of chivalrous acts, whimsical twists, and comically feigned suicide, Kitri and Basilio finally celebrate their marriage with a grand pas de deux, a glittering showstopper displaying the dazzling feats of partnering.

FAST FACTS
Title : Don Quixote
Date : 4 – 7 December 2014 (Thursday to Sunday)
Venue : Esplanade Theatre
Time : 4 & 5 Dec 8pm 6 Dec 1pm & 8pm 7 Dec 1pm & 7pm
Ticket prices : $30, $50, $70 (excluding SISTIC charge) Discounts available for: | Students/NSF/Senior Citizens | Package of 4 | Group Bookings

We apologise that we are unable to admit infants in arms and children below 6 years old. Children 6 years old and above will require a ticket for entry.

Please visit www.singaporedancetheatre.com for more information.

MEDIA CONTACT
Lisir Chin, lisir@singaporedancetheatre.com

Amanda Teo, amanda.teo@singaporedancetheatre.com
Office: (65) 6338 0611 Fax: (65) 6338 9748 www.singaporedancetheatre.com

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