BRB tours Acosta's Don Quixote

Published: 21 November 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Carlos Acosta as Basilio in Don Quixote in 2013 Credit: Johan Persson

For spring 2022, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director Carlos Acosta will revive Cervantes’ famous knight featuring music by Ludwig Minkus and designs by Tim Hatley.

As the Don sets out on a quest to track down his true love, with his loyal friend and servant Sancho Panza at his side, he finds himself embroiled in an unlikely adventure of love and dreams.

The first UK performances of Acosta’s new production will take place in Southampton in February, touring to Birmingham, Salford, Sunderland and Plymouth through to 19 March.

Acosta's original production, his first full length ballet, was created for The Royal Ballet in 2013, and was last seen at the Royal Ballet in 2019. It has also been seen in cinemas all over the world. Carlos has been performing in Don Quixote since the age of 16 when he won the Prix de Lausanne.

Acosta said, “for this new production, I wanted to give it a completely new take and a new look to the one that I gave to the Royal Ballet so that Birmingham has its own. It’s a new production with new concept and designs, re-orchestration, new elements of the choreography, new colours, a whole new palette.

“This ballet is really popular with dancers,” he said. “It is a ballet for virtuosos. If you really have aspirations to become the best ballet dancer you can be, then you must have this ballet under your belt. Also it’s a production which gives opportunities to a large ballet company because there are a lot of roles for everyone in the company—for soloists, for corps members and principals—so it’s a real showcase.”