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As the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv enjoys history and culture that very few other cities can boast. More than 50 theatres in Kyiv offer numerous meticulously played performances presenting a proud legacy firmly entrenched in Ukrainian culture. The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre also known as Kyiv Opera House is no doubt the gem of the cultural life of the city and the country. The theatre having raised its curtain for the first time in October 1867 is currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary season. The ballet company, alongside with Bolshoi theatre in Moscow and Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, establishes another fundamental center of ballet development in the Russian Empire. As the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv enjoys history and culture that very few other cities can boast. More than 50 theatres in Kyiv offer numerous meticulously played performances presenting a proud legacy firmly entrenched in Ukrainian culture. The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre also known as Kyiv Opera House is no doubt the gem of the cultural life of the city and the country. The theatre having raised its curtain for the first time in October 1867 is currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary season. The ballet company, alongside with Bolshoi theatre in Moscow and Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, establishes another fundamental center of ballet development in the Russian Empire. National Ballet of Ukraine home theatre The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine grew into one of the major performing arts companies in Europe, with the troupe’s setting out on its first international tour in the 1950s. The first performances were met with great success in France, Bulgaria, Balkan countries, Hungary and elsewhere. Incidentally, two of the most distinguished dancers of the 20th century, Vaslav Nijinsky and Serge Lifar, both hailed from Kyiv. In the last century, the company has been recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished troupes granted countless prestigious international awards. The company is currently employs around 150 dancers, staging 16 performances every month at the theatre in Kyiv, in addition to extensive international touring with a vast repertoire of unsurpassed works. In the grand tradition of classical ballet, the Kyiv troupe solidified its reputation as a benchmark in dance and one of the world’s greatest ballet schools. It was a turning point for the artistic careers of its famous former dancers including Alina Cocojaru, Svetlana Zakharova, Nadezhda Pavlova, Marina Timofeyeva, Irina Kolpakova, Alla Osipenko, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexei Ratmansky, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Irina Dvorovenko, Yana Salenko, Leonid Sarafanov, and Sergei Polunin. Based in Kyiv, the internationally celebrated National Ballet of Ukraine has toured in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Japan, Hungary, Oman, Greece, Spain, Italy, Mexico, China, Latin America and Australia.
Don Quixote tells Sancho that he is determined to seek adventures as a knight-errant, all the while searching for his beloved Dulcinea. He shows him the pasteboard helmet, which, with one sweep from his sword, becomes a shapeless mass on the floor. Antonina suggests that he should use a shaving basin instead, which would make a splendid helmet. Don Quixote enthusiastically agrees and, placing it on his head, orders Sancho to bring him his armour, sword and spear, and to make ready his horse, Rocinante. Kitri, an inn-keeper's daughter, steals out of her house to meet her beloved, the barber Basilio. Her father, Lorenzo, sees the lovers and sends Basilio away, bringing Kitri to tears. Now comes the rich nobleman Gamache, who, likewise in love with Kitri, goes to Lorenzo and asks for his daughter's hand. The innkeeper accepts with delight but Kitri, appalled at the thought of wedding the foppish nobleman, runs away. Peasants gather in the square and dancing resumes. Kitri returns and, noticing her, Don Quixote acclaims her as his Dulcinea, whom evil magicians have reduced to human form. Becoming jealous of her affection for Basilio, Don Quixote attempts to woo her by partnering her in a minuet. Lorenzo berates Kitri for carrying on with Basilio. Kitri and Basilio then run away, and Lorenzo and Gamache follow them. Don Quixote orders Sancho to bring Rocinante, so that he may also set out in pursuit. A camp of gypsies among the windmills outside the village Kitri disguised as a boy is seen walking with Harlequin from a troupe of travelling actors. They guess she is a girl and ask her to stay with them.A clown is seen walking with Graziosa, the gypsy chief's daughter. A gypsy tells the chief of the approach of Don Quixote. The chief plans a trick for his benefit and, putting on a mantle crown, sits down as though he were a king on a throne. Don Quixote is delighted with the entertainment but, mistaking the heroine for his Dulcinea and the marionettes for soldiers attacking her, he rises to assault them. The gypsies are terrified. At this moment the clown and Graziosa run away. Fairies appear surrounded by gnomes and Don Quixote finds himself dressed in shining armor. Then comes a succession of fearsome monsters, the last being a gigantic spider, who spins a web. The knight attacks the spider, which he slashes in half with his sword. At that same moment the spider's web vanishes to reveal a beautiful garden, filled with dryads and beautiful women, presided over by the Queen of the Dryads and Amor. Among them is Dulcinea and Don Quixote kneels before his beloved. At this moment everything vanishes. Back at the square, Kitri and Basilio join those who are dancing. At the height of the merriment, Lorenzo and Gamache arrive, followed by Don Quixote and Sancho. Seeing his daughter, Lorenzo decides to give his blessing to her union with the nobleman Gamache. Basilio becomes annoyed and, reproaching Kitri for her unfaithfulness, draws a sword and stabs himself. As he lies dying he begs Lorenzo to unite him with Kitri, but Lorenzo and Gamache refuse. Don Quixote approaches Gamache and challenges him to a duel for having refused a dying man's wish. Gamache declines to fight and the merrymakers drive him out of the inn. Taking pity, Lorenzo agrees to unite Basilio and Kitri. At this moment, Basilio pulls out the sword and tells everyone it was a joke. DON QUIXOTE based on Miguel De Cervantes novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” MUSIC by Minkus LIBRETTO by M.Petipa CHOREOGRAPHY by M.Petipa, O.Horsky, K.Holeizovsky RUNNING TIME 2 h (2 acts with an intermission) King Florestan the XXIVth and his Queen have welcomed their first child, Princess Aurora, and declare a grand christening ceremony to honor her. Six fairies are invited to the ceremony to bestow gifts on the child. Each fairy represents a virtue or positive trait, such as beauty, courage, sweetness, musical talent, and mischief (the names of fairies and their gifts vary in productions). The most powerful fairy, the Lilac Fairy, arrives with her entourage, but before she can bestow her gift, the palace grows dark. With a clap of thunder, the evil fairy Carabosse arrives (typically played by a female character dancer or a male dancer in drag, and can be shown as an ugly hag or as a younger woman) with her minions (generally several male dancers depicted as rats, monsters, or insects). Carabosse furiously asks the King and Queen why she had not received an invitation to the christening. The blame falls to Catallabutte, the Master of Ceremonies who was in charge of the guest list. Carabosse gleefully tears his wig off and beats him with her staff, before placing a curse upon the baby princess as revenge: Aurora will indeed grow up to be a beautiful, healthy, delightful young lady, but on her sixteenth birthday she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The King and Queen are horrified and beg Carabosse for mercy, but she shows none. However, the Lilac Fairy intervenes. It is the day of Princess Aurora's sixteenth birthday. Celebrations are underway, though the King is still unsettled by Carabosse's omen. Catallabutte discovers several peasant ladies knitting nearby (a forbidden activity, as it involves spindles potentially harmful to the princess) and alerts the King, who initially sentences the women to a harsh punishment. The Queen gently persuades him to spare the innocent citizens, and he agrees. The townsfolk perform an elaborate waltz with flower garlands, and Princess Aurora arrives afterwards. She is introduced to four suitors by her doting parents. Aurora and the suitors perform the famous Rose Adagio. Presently, a cloaked stranger appears and offers a gift to the princess: a spindle. Having never seen one before, Aurora curiously examines the strange object as her parents desperately try to intervene. As predicted, she pricks her finger on the spindle. While initially appearing to recover quickly, she falls into a swoon and collapses. The cloaked stranger reveals herself to be Carabosse, who believes that her curse still stands and that the princess is dead. Once again, the Lilac Fairy quells the hubbub and reminds the King and Queen that Aurora is merely asleep. The princess is carried off to bed, and the Lilac Fairy casts a spell of slumber over the entire kingdom, which will only be broken when Aurora awakens. She then uses her magic to cover the castle in layers of vines and brambles. One hundred years later, Prince Désiré is at a hunting party with his companions. He is in a mopey mood, unhappy with his bossy countess girlfriend. His friends try to cheer him up with a game of blind man's bluff and a series of dances. Still unhappy, he asks for some time to himself, and the hunting party departs. Alone in the forest, he is met by the Lilac Fairy, who has chosen him to awaken Aurora. She shows him a vision of the beautiful princess, and the prince is immediately smitten. The Lilac Fairy explains the situation, and Désiré begs to be taken to the princess. The Lilac Fairy takes him by boat to the castle and guides through the deep forest until at last, they reach the hidden castle. Carabosse makes one last attempt to cement her vengeful curse, but the Lilac Fairy and the prince manage to defeat her together at last. Once inside the castle, Désiré awakens Aurora with a kiss. The rest of the court wakes as well, and the King and Queen heartily approve when the prince proposes marriage and the princess accepts. The royal wedding is underway. Guests include the Jewel Fairies: Diamond, Gold, Silver and Sapphire, and of course the Lilac Fairy. Fairytale characters are in attendance, including Puss in Boots and The White Cat, Princess Florine and the Bluebird, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Beauty and the Beast, and others. Aurora and Désiré perform a grand Pas de Deux, and the entire ensemble dances a mazurka. The prince and princess are married, with the Lilac Fairy blessing the union. All the characters come together with a tableau depicting the Sun God, Helios and King Louis XIV. SLEEPING BEAUTY based on Charles Perrault fairy tail “Beauty Sleeping in the Woods” MUSIC by Pyotr Tchaikovsky LIBRETTO by M.Petipa and I.Vsevolozhsky CHOREOGRAPHY by M.Petipa, F.Lopuhov RUNNING TIME 2 h 30 min (2 acts with an intermission)

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As the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv enjoys history and culture that very few other cities can boast. More than 50 theatres in Kyiv offer numerous meticulously played performances presenting a proud legacy firmly entrenched in Ukrainian culture. The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre also known as Kyiv Opera House is no doubt the gem of the cultural life of the city and the country. The theatre having raised its curtain for the first time in October 1867 is currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary season. The ballet company, alongside with Bolshoi theatre in Moscow and Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, establishes another fundamental center of ballet development in the Russian Empire. As the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv enjoys history and culture that very few other cities can boast. More than 50 theatres in Kyiv offer numerous meticulously played performances presenting a proud legacy firmly entrenched in Ukrainian culture. The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre also known as Kyiv Opera House is no doubt the gem of the cultural life of the city and the country. The theatre having raised its curtain for the first time in October 1867 is currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary season. The ballet company, alongside with Bolshoi theatre in Moscow and Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, establishes another fundamental center of ballet development in the Russian Empire. National Ballet of Ukraine home theatre The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine grew into one of the major performing arts companies in Europe, with the troupe’s setting out on its first international tour in the 1950s. The first performances were met with great success in France, Bulgaria, Balkan countries, Hungary and elsewhere. Incidentally, two of the most distinguished dancers of the 20th century, Vaslav Nijinsky and Serge Lifar, both hailed from Kyiv. In the last century, the company has been recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished troupes granted countless prestigious international awards. The company is currently employs around 150 dancers, staging 16 performances every month at the theatre in Kyiv, in addition to extensive international touring with a vast repertoire of unsurpassed works. In the grand tradition of classical ballet, the Kyiv troupe solidified its reputation as a benchmark in dance and one of the world’s greatest ballet schools. It was a turning point for the artistic careers of its famous former dancers including Alina Cocojaru, Svetlana Zakharova, Nadezhda Pavlova, Marina Timofeyeva, Irina Kolpakova, Alla Osipenko, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexei Ratmansky, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Irina Dvorovenko, Yana Salenko, Leonid Sarafanov, and Sergei Polunin. Based in Kyiv, the internationally celebrated National Ballet of Ukraine has toured in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Japan, Hungary, Oman, Greece, Spain, Italy, Mexico, China, Latin America and Australia.
Don Quixote tells Sancho that he is determined to seek adventures as a knight-errant, all the while searching for his beloved Dulcinea. He shows him the pasteboard helmet, which, with one sweep from his sword, becomes a shapeless mass on the floor. Antonina suggests that he should use a shaving basin instead, which would make a splendid helmet. Don Quixote enthusiastically agrees and, placing it on his head, orders Sancho to bring him his armour, sword and spear, and to make ready his horse, Rocinante. Kitri, an inn-keeper's daughter, steals out of her house to meet her beloved, the barber Basilio. Her father, Lorenzo, sees the lovers and sends Basilio away, bringing Kitri to tears. Now comes the rich nobleman Gamache, who, likewise in love with Kitri, goes to Lorenzo and asks for his daughter's hand. The innkeeper accepts with delight but Kitri, appalled at the thought of wedding the foppish nobleman, runs away. Peasants gather in the square and dancing resumes. Kitri returns and, noticing her, Don Quixote acclaims her as his Dulcinea, whom evil magicians have reduced to human form. Becoming jealous of her affection for Basilio, Don Quixote attempts to woo her by partnering her in a minuet. Lorenzo berates Kitri for carrying on with Basilio. Kitri and Basilio then run away, and Lorenzo and Gamache follow them. Don Quixote orders Sancho to bring Rocinante, so that he may also set out in pursuit. A camp of gypsies among the windmills outside the village Kitri disguised as a boy is seen walking with Harlequin from a troupe of travelling actors. They guess she is a girl and ask her to stay with them.A clown is seen walking with Graziosa, the gypsy chief's daughter. A gypsy tells the chief of the approach of Don Quixote. The chief plans a trick for his benefit and, putting on a mantle crown, sits down as though he were a king on a throne. Don Quixote is delighted with the entertainment but, mistaking the heroine for his Dulcinea and the marionettes for soldiers attacking her, he rises to assault them. The gypsies are terrified. At this moment the clown and Graziosa run away. Fairies appear surrounded by gnomes and Don Quixote finds himself dressed in shining armor. Then comes a succession of fearsome monsters, the last being a gigantic spider, who spins a web. The knight attacks the spider, which he slashes in half with his sword. At that same moment the spider's web vanishes to reveal a beautiful garden, filled with dryads and beautiful women, presided over by the Queen of the Dryads and Amor. Among them is Dulcinea and Don Quixote kneels before his beloved. At this moment everything vanishes. Back at the square, Kitri and Basilio join those who are dancing. At the height of the merriment, Lorenzo and Gamache arrive, followed by Don Quixote and Sancho. Seeing his daughter, Lorenzo decides to give his blessing to her union with the nobleman Gamache. Basilio becomes annoyed and, reproaching Kitri for her unfaithfulness, draws a sword and stabs himself. As he lies dying he begs Lorenzo to unite him with Kitri, but Lorenzo and Gamache refuse. Don Quixote approaches Gamache and challenges him to a duel for having refused a dying man's wish. Gamache declines to fight and the merrymakers drive him out of the inn. Taking pity, Lorenzo agrees to unite Basilio and Kitri. At this moment, Basilio pulls out the sword and tells everyone it was a joke. DON QUIXOTE based on Miguel De Cervantes novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” MUSIC by Minkus LIBRETTO by M.Petipa CHOREOGRAPHY by M.Petipa, O.Horsky, K.Holeizovsky RUNNING TIME 2 h (2 acts with an intermission) King Florestan the XXIVth and his Queen have welcomed their first child, Princess Aurora, and declare a grand christening ceremony to honor her. Six fairies are invited to the ceremony to bestow gifts on the child. Each fairy represents a virtue or positive trait, such as beauty, courage, sweetness, musical talent, and mischief (the names of fairies and their gifts vary in productions). The most powerful fairy, the Lilac Fairy, arrives with her entourage, but before she can bestow her gift, the palace grows dark. With a clap of thunder, the evil fairy Carabosse arrives (typically played by a female character dancer or a male dancer in drag, and can be shown as an ugly hag or as a younger woman) with her minions (generally several male dancers depicted as rats, monsters, or insects). Carabosse furiously asks the King and Queen why she had not received an invitation to the christening. The blame falls to Catallabutte, the Master of Ceremonies who was in charge of the guest list. Carabosse gleefully tears his wig off and beats him with her staff, before placing a curse upon the baby princess as revenge: Aurora will indeed grow up to be a beautiful, healthy, delightful young lady, but on her sixteenth birthday she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The King and Queen are horrified and beg Carabosse for mercy, but she shows none. However, the Lilac Fairy intervenes. It is the day of Princess Aurora's sixteenth birthday. Celebrations are underway, though the King is still unsettled by Carabosse's omen. Catallabutte discovers several peasant ladies knitting nearby (a forbidden activity, as it involves spindles potentially harmful to the princess) and alerts the King, who initially sentences the women to a harsh punishment. The Queen gently persuades him to spare the innocent citizens, and he agrees. The townsfolk perform an elaborate waltz with flower garlands, and Princess Aurora arrives afterwards. She is introduced to four suitors by her doting parents. Aurora and the suitors perform the famous Rose Adagio. Presently, a cloaked stranger appears and offers a gift to the princess: a spindle. Having never seen one before, Aurora curiously examines the strange object as her parents desperately try to intervene. As predicted, she pricks her finger on the spindle. While initially appearing to recover quickly, she falls into a swoon and collapses. The cloaked stranger reveals herself to be Carabosse, who believes that her curse still stands and that the princess is dead. Once again, the Lilac Fairy quells the hubbub and reminds the King and Queen that Aurora is merely asleep. The princess is carried off to bed, and the Lilac Fairy casts a spell of slumber over the entire kingdom, which will only be broken when Aurora awakens. She then uses her magic to cover the castle in layers of vines and brambles. One hundred years later, Prince Désiré is at a hunting party with his companions. He is in a mopey mood, unhappy with his bossy countess girlfriend. His friends try to cheer him up with a game of blind man's bluff and a series of dances. Still unhappy, he asks for some time to himself, and the hunting party departs. Alone in the forest, he is met by the Lilac Fairy, who has chosen him to awaken Aurora. She shows him a vision of the beautiful princess, and the prince is immediately smitten. The Lilac Fairy explains the situation, and Désiré begs to be taken to the princess. The Lilac Fairy takes him by boat to the castle and guides through the deep forest until at last, they reach the hidden castle. Carabosse makes one last attempt to cement her vengeful curse, but the Lilac Fairy and the prince manage to defeat her together at last. Once inside the castle, Désiré awakens Aurora with a kiss. The rest of the court wakes as well, and the King and Queen heartily approve when the prince proposes marriage and the princess accepts. The royal wedding is underway. Guests include the Jewel Fairies: Diamond, Gold, Silver and Sapphire, and of course the Lilac Fairy. Fairytale characters are in attendance, including Puss in Boots and The White Cat, Princess Florine and the Bluebird, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Beauty and the Beast, and others. Aurora and Désiré perform a grand Pas de Deux, and the entire ensemble dances a mazurka. The prince and princess are married, with the Lilac Fairy blessing the union. All the characters come together with a tableau depicting the Sun God, Helios and King Louis XIV. SLEEPING BEAUTY based on Charles Perrault fairy tail “Beauty Sleeping in the Woods” MUSIC by Pyotr Tchaikovsky LIBRETTO by M.Petipa and I.Vsevolozhsky CHOREOGRAPHY by M.Petipa, F.Lopuhov RUNNING TIME 2 h 30 min (2 acts with an intermission)

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As the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv enjoys history and culture that very few other cities can boast. More than 50 theatres in Kyiv offer numerous meticulously played performances presenting a proud legacy firmly entrenched in Ukrainian culture. The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre also known as Kyiv Opera House is no doubt the gem of the cultural life of the city and the country. The theatre having raised its curtain for the first time in October 1867 is currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary season. The ballet company, alongside with Bolshoi theatre in Moscow and Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, establishes another fundamental center of ballet development in the Russian Empire. As the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv enjoys history and culture that very few other cities can boast. More than 50 theatres in Kyiv offer numerous meticulously played performances presenting a proud legacy firmly entrenched in Ukrainian culture. The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre also known as Kyiv Opera House is no doubt the gem of the cultural life of the city and the country. The theatre having raised its curtain for the first time in October 1867 is currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary season. The ballet company, alongside with Bolshoi theatre in Moscow and Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, establishes another fundamental center of ballet development in the Russian Empire. National Ballet of Ukraine home theatre The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine grew into one of the major performing arts companies in Europe, with the troupe’s setting out on its first international tour in the 1950s. The first performances were met with great success in France, Bulgaria, Balkan countries, Hungary and elsewhere. Incidentally, two of the most distinguished dancers of the 20th century, Vaslav Nijinsky and Serge Lifar, both hailed from Kyiv. In the last century, the company has been recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished troupes granted countless prestigious international awards. The company is currently employs around 150 dancers, staging 16 performances every month at the theatre in Kyiv, in addition to extensive international touring with a vast repertoire of unsurpassed works. In the grand tradition of classical ballet, the Kyiv troupe solidified its reputation as a benchmark in dance and one of the world’s greatest ballet schools. It was a turning point for the artistic careers of its famous former dancers including Alina Cocojaru, Svetlana Zakharova, Nadezhda Pavlova, Marina Timofeyeva, Irina Kolpakova, Alla Osipenko, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexei Ratmansky, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Irina Dvorovenko, Yana Salenko, Leonid Sarafanov, and Sergei Polunin. Based in Kyiv, the internationally celebrated National Ballet of Ukraine has toured in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Japan, Hungary, Oman, Greece, Spain, Italy, Mexico, China, Latin America and Australia.
Don Quixote tells Sancho that he is determined to seek adventures as a knight-errant, all the while searching for his beloved Dulcinea. He shows him the pasteboard helmet, which, with one sweep from his sword, becomes a shapeless mass on the floor. Antonina suggests that he should use a shaving basin instead, which would make a splendid helmet. Don Quixote enthusiastically agrees and, placing it on his head, orders Sancho to bring him his armour, sword and spear, and to make ready his horse, Rocinante. Kitri, an inn-keeper's daughter, steals out of her house to meet her beloved, the barber Basilio. Her father, Lorenzo, sees the lovers and sends Basilio away, bringing Kitri to tears. Now comes the rich nobleman Gamache, who, likewise in love with Kitri, goes to Lorenzo and asks for his daughter's hand. The innkeeper accepts with delight but Kitri, appalled at the thought of wedding the foppish nobleman, runs away. Peasants gather in the square and dancing resumes. Kitri returns and, noticing her, Don Quixote acclaims her as his Dulcinea, whom evil magicians have reduced to human form. Becoming jealous of her affection for Basilio, Don Quixote attempts to woo her by partnering her in a minuet. Lorenzo berates Kitri for carrying on with Basilio. Kitri and Basilio then run away, and Lorenzo and Gamache follow them. Don Quixote orders Sancho to bring Rocinante, so that he may also set out in pursuit. A camp of gypsies among the windmills outside the village Kitri disguised as a boy is seen walking with Harlequin from a troupe of travelling actors. They guess she is a girl and ask her to stay with them.A clown is seen walking with Graziosa, the gypsy chief's daughter. A gypsy tells the chief of the approach of Don Quixote. The chief plans a trick for his benefit and, putting on a mantle crown, sits down as though he were a king on a throne. Don Quixote is delighted with the entertainment but, mistaking the heroine for his Dulcinea and the marionettes for soldiers attacking her, he rises to assault them. The gypsies are terrified. At this moment the clown and Graziosa run away. Fairies appear surrounded by gnomes and Don Quixote finds himself dressed in shining armor. Then comes a succession of fearsome monsters, the last being a gigantic spider, who spins a web. The knight attacks the spider, which he slashes in half with his sword. At that same moment the spider's web vanishes to reveal a beautiful garden, filled with dryads and beautiful women, presided over by the Queen of the Dryads and Amor. Among them is Dulcinea and Don Quixote kneels before his beloved. At this moment everything vanishes. Back at the square, Kitri and Basilio join those who are dancing. At the height of the merriment, Lorenzo and Gamache arrive, followed by Don Quixote and Sancho. Seeing his daughter, Lorenzo decides to give his blessing to her union with the nobleman Gamache. Basilio becomes annoyed and, reproaching Kitri for her unfaithfulness, draws a sword and stabs himself. As he lies dying he begs Lorenzo to unite him with Kitri, but Lorenzo and Gamache refuse. Don Quixote approaches Gamache and challenges him to a duel for having refused a dying man's wish. Gamache declines to fight and the merrymakers drive him out of the inn. Taking pity, Lorenzo agrees to unite Basilio and Kitri. At this moment, Basilio pulls out the sword and tells everyone it was a joke. DON QUIXOTE based on Miguel De Cervantes novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” MUSIC by Minkus LIBRETTO by M.Petipa CHOREOGRAPHY by M.Petipa, O.Horsky, K.Holeizovsky RUNNING TIME 2 h (2 acts with an intermission) King Florestan the XXIVth and his Queen have welcomed their first child, Princess Aurora, and declare a grand christening ceremony to honor her. Six fairies are invited to the ceremony to bestow gifts on the child. Each fairy represents a virtue or positive trait, such as beauty, courage, sweetness, musical talent, and mischief (the names of fairies and their gifts vary in productions). The most powerful fairy, the Lilac Fairy, arrives with her entourage, but before she can bestow her gift, the palace grows dark. With a clap of thunder, the evil fairy Carabosse arrives (typically played by a female character dancer or a male dancer in drag, and can be shown as an ugly hag or as a younger woman) with her minions (generally several male dancers depicted as rats, monsters, or insects). Carabosse furiously asks the King and Queen why she had not received an invitation to the christening. The blame falls to Catallabutte, the Master of Ceremonies who was in charge of the guest list. Carabosse gleefully tears his wig off and beats him with her staff, before placing a curse upon the baby princess as revenge: Aurora will indeed grow up to be a beautiful, healthy, delightful young lady, but on her sixteenth birthday she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The King and Queen are horrified and beg Carabosse for mercy, but she shows none. However, the Lilac Fairy intervenes. It is the day of Princess Aurora's sixteenth birthday. Celebrations are underway, though the King is still unsettled by Carabosse's omen. Catallabutte discovers several peasant ladies knitting nearby (a forbidden activity, as it involves spindles potentially harmful to the princess) and alerts the King, who initially sentences the women to a harsh punishment. The Queen gently persuades him to spare the innocent citizens, and he agrees. The townsfolk perform an elaborate waltz with flower garlands, and Princess Aurora arrives afterwards. She is introduced to four suitors by her doting parents. Aurora and the suitors perform the famous Rose Adagio. Presently, a cloaked stranger appears and offers a gift to the princess: a spindle. Having never seen one before, Aurora curiously examines the strange object as her parents desperately try to intervene. As predicted, she pricks her finger on the spindle. While initially appearing to recover quickly, she falls into a swoon and collapses. The cloaked stranger reveals herself to be Carabosse, who believes that her curse still stands and that the princess is dead. Once again, the Lilac Fairy quells the hubbub and reminds the King and Queen that Aurora is merely asleep. The princess is carried off to bed, and the Lilac Fairy casts a spell of slumber over the entire kingdom, which will only be broken when Aurora awakens. She then uses her magic to cover the castle in layers of vines and brambles. One hundred years later, Prince Désiré is at a hunting party with his companions. He is in a mopey mood, unhappy with his bossy countess girlfriend. His friends try to cheer him up with a game of blind man's bluff and a series of dances. Still unhappy, he asks for some time to himself, and the hunting party departs. Alone in the forest, he is met by the Lilac Fairy, who has chosen him to awaken Aurora. She shows him a vision of the beautiful princess, and the prince is immediately smitten. The Lilac Fairy explains the situation, and Désiré begs to be taken to the princess. The Lilac Fairy takes him by boat to the castle and guides through the deep forest until at last, they reach the hidden castle. Carabosse makes one last attempt to cement her vengeful curse, but the Lilac Fairy and the prince manage to defeat her together at last. Once inside the castle, Désiré awakens Aurora with a kiss. The rest of the court wakes as well, and the King and Queen heartily approve when the prince proposes marriage and the princess accepts. The royal wedding is underway. Guests include the Jewel Fairies: Diamond, Gold, Silver and Sapphire, and of course the Lilac Fairy. Fairytale characters are in attendance, including Puss in Boots and The White Cat, Princess Florine and the Bluebird, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Beauty and the Beast, and others. Aurora and Désiré perform a grand Pas de Deux, and the entire ensemble dances a mazurka. The prince and princess are married, with the Lilac Fairy blessing the union. All the characters come together with a tableau depicting the Sun God, Helios and King Louis XIV. SLEEPING BEAUTY based on Charles Perrault fairy tail “Beauty Sleeping in the Woods” MUSIC by Pyotr Tchaikovsky LIBRETTO by M.Petipa and I.Vsevolozhsky CHOREOGRAPHY by M.Petipa, F.Lopuhov RUNNING TIME 2 h 30 min (2 acts with an intermission)

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