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Nureyev’s Don Quixote DVD
This outstanding film, directed and choreographed by the legendary Rudolf Nureyev, premiered in Sydney in 1973, had a Royal Gala Performance in London in 1974, went briefly to New York, and despite receiving rave reviews, promptly disappeared.
Lost to the world for 25 years, this masterpiece has been painstakingly restored with full surround sound in digital stereo. It features Rudolf Nureyev as Basilio, Sir Robert Helpmann as Don Quixote and Lucette Aldous as Kitri.
Widely regarded as one of the defining performances of a ballet, Don Quixote was instrumental in shaping the legacy and legend of Nureyev. The ballet was filmed over four weeks in a converted aircraft hangar in Essendon, Victoria in 1973; among the DVD’s special features is a documentary, A Little of Don Quixote, following the recording process in fascinating detail.
The film will also be available on Blu-Ray disc, the debut title in this format for ABC Classics.
Robert Helpmann as Don Quixote
Ray Powell as Sancho Panza
Rudolf Nureyev as Basilio
Francis Croese as Lorenzo
Lucette Aldous as Kitri / Dulcinea
Colin Peasley as Gamache
With Marilyn Rowe, Kelvin Coe, Janet Vernon, Gary Norman and artists of The Australian Ballet
State Orchestra of Victoria conducted by John Lanchbery
Director Rudolph Nureyev / Robert Helpmann
Producer John Hargreaves
Choreography Rudolph Nureyev after Marius Petipa
Music by Ludwig Minkus, arr. John Lanchbery