A cape-twirling, castanet-clicking, fan-waving spectacular!
A must-see ballet for all the family!

The Hong Kong Ballet will open the 2014-15 dance season with a brand new production of Don Quixote, based on Miguel de Cervantes’ great novel of the same name. Nina Ananiashvili, the Georgian-born, Bolshoi-trained dancer who is recognised as one of the finest prima ballerinas of the 20th century is staging her own interpretation of this much loved story for The Hong Kong Ballet.

The eponymous hero, who misguidedly imagines himself a chivalrous and honourable knight, sets off in search of Dulcinea the fictional maiden with whom he has fallen in love. On his adventures he meets the beautiful Kitri and mistakes her for his beloved Dulcinea. This fun and feisty tale tells of Kitri and her sweetheart Basilio, and their encounters with the comically delusional Don Quixote and his simple squire Sancho Panza.

Known for its balletic fireworks and bravura steps, this ballet is a tour de force, requiring the dancers to tackle some of the most technically-demanding choreography in classical ballet. Don Quixote is a must-see ballet for all the family - a fast-paced dance spectacle packed with virtuoso dancing, a fanciful storyline, and hilarious characters.


22-23 & 29-30.8.2014 (Fri & Sat) 7:30pm
23-24 & 30-31.8.2014 (Sat & Sun) 2:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets) $680, $480, $280, $140
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours, including 1 intermission
Ages 3 and above
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Cast List for Lead Roles

22 Aug 7:30 pm

23 Aug 7:30pm

23 Aug 7:30pm

24 Aug 2:30pm

29 Aug 7:30pm

30 Aug 2:30pm

30 Aug 7:30pm

31 Aug 2:30pm

Kitri Liu Yu-yao Anna Tsygankova Candice Adea Zhang Si Yuan
Basilio Wei Wei Matthew Golding Shen Jie Li Jia-bo
Mercedesy Zhang Si Yuan Zhang Si Yuan Liu Yu-Yao Sarah Yeung
Espada Li Lin Li Lin Song Hai Feng Frank Van Tongeren

Choreography: Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky
Staging and Additional choreography: Nina Ananiashvili
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Artistic Consultant: Aleksei Fadeechev
Assistant to Choreographer: Ekaterina Shavliashvili
Set and Costume Design: Thomas Mika
Lighting Design: Billy Chan
Live Accompaniment: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Conductor: Judith Yan
Guest Artist: Matthew Golding and Anna Tsygankova

Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet
Guest Principal Dancer of Dutch National Ballet
Appearance on 23.8 7:30pm, 24.8 2:30pm

Matthew Golding was born in Saskatchewan, Canada and trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington D.C. In 2002, at the age of just 16, he won the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in New York, and received the prestigious Prix de Lausanne, which entitled him to a scholarship to attend The Royal Ballet School in London. He graduated from The Royal Ballet School with honours in 2003 and joined the American Ballet Theater before moving to Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam in 2009. In February 2014 he joined the Royal Ballet where he is currently a Principal Dancer; he also remains a Guest Principal Dancer with Dutch Nationale Ballet.

Photographer: Erwin Olaf
*Appears through courtesy of the Royal Ballet
(Appearing on 23.8 7:30pm, 24.8 2:30pm )

Principal Dancer of Dutch National Ballet
Appearance on 23.8 7:30pm, 24.8 2:30pm

Named “one of the top 100 international dancers” in 2012 by Dance Europemagazine, Russian-born ballerina Anna Tsygankova trained at the Novosibirsk Ballet Academy and the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. After graduating she was invited to join the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, where she was soon promoted to Soloist. She became a Principal Dancer in 2004, first with the Hungarian National Ballet in Budapest, and then with Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam.

Photogrpaher: Erik Sawaya
*Appears thorugh courtesy of Dutch National Ballet
(Appearing on 23.8 7:30pm, 24.8 2:30pm )

Don Quixote
The eponymous hero of this epic tale misguidedly imagines himself a chivalrous knight-errant. After a lifetime reading too many novels, Don Quixote can no longer distinguish reality from fiction and he sets off in search of Dulcinea the imagined maiden with whom he has fallen in love.

Sancho Panza
Don Quixote’s loyal squire is a simple soul who does not share his master’s delusions. A faithful, hard-working, salt-of-the-earth type, his uneducated wisdom is the perfect foil to Don Quixote’s learned grandeur.

This handsome young barber is the talk of the town. He catches all the girls’ eyes, but he is madly in love with his adored Kitri.

Proud, feisty and passionate, the beautiful Kitri loves Basilio too. However, her father Lorenzo, the innkeeper, is determined to marry his daughter off to the pompous Gamache.

Gamache is a pretentious (and rich!) elderly nobleman, who has fallen for Kitri’s stunning beauty. Lorenzo, with one eye on his pocketbook, is keen to welcome the wealthy Gamache to his family, but Kitri refuses to marry him.


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Pre or Post Ballet Dining Options at InterContinental Hong Kong

Ticket holders of Don Quixote can enjoy 15% off food & beverage in all restaurants and bars at InterContinental Hong Kong before or after performance upon presentation of their tickets on the performance date. For details, please call 2313 2323 for details.

Special Privilege

For $1,000 (VIP) ticket-holder
Present your ticket stub to Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter (Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre) before the end of the intermission to receive a coupon for a free drink.
Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.

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