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Ian Lace
MusicWeb International, December 2014

Acosta’s choreography is a joy, his dancing superb. The chemistry between Nuñez and Acosta is palpable, their partnership so harmonious, so graceful, so deliciously romantic and passionate in their pas de deux. There are striking, eye-catching character dances and ensembles for the rest of the cast. The Minkus music, so attractive and atmospheric, appeals, especially the vibrant and colourful Spanish dance music. © 2014 MusicWeb International

Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, June 2014

…the dancing is of a very high standard. The production clearly benefits, moreover, from the fact that, at the head of the cast, Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta seem to have a genuine personal rapport that communicates itself directly and easily to the audience.

…this imaginative and well performed home-grown version of Minkus/Petipa’s comic masterpiece provides yet more evidence of Carlos Acosta’s creativity and versatility. It will certainly do very well to be going on with. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Lewis J. Whittington, May 2014

MINKUS, L.: Don Quixote (Royal Ballet, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7143D
MINKUS, L.: Don Quixote (Royal Ballet, 2013) (NTSC) OA1133D

Acosta’s spectacular classical ballet fireworks come in the wedding scene finale, starting with glittering entrechats and unison formations of the corps de ballet women. Nuñez is distinctive in her pointe work, with those steeled and supple pointes en arabesques, thrillingly paced fouettes and lightning jetés. Along with her impeccable line, Nuñez’s chemistry with Acosta just leaps off the screen. Acosta is also a wonderful technician; his jumps don’t reach elevation of a decade ago, but, at 40, he dances with precision and passion.

The ballet’s production design by Tim Hatley is a feast starting with spectacular color schemes of the costumes that animate the screen and show the dancers. From the detailing in the peasant clothes to the opulence of the royal costumes, to the iconic look of Quixote, they keep giving. They are framed against sketched Spanish village backdrops. The forest scene has trees silhouetted against red hues for mysterious atmospherics, the tavern scene with dark wood and copper ambience.

The director films seamlessly between full stage and individual performances to tell a coherent story, with strategic close-ups. There is the atmosphere of the real performance in the theater. A triumph for Nuñez and Acosta at their curtain calls, the audience was so lusty in their applause the Royal Opera House sounded like a soccer stadium. © 2014 Read complete review

Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, May 2014

Carlos Acosta’s well choreographed ballet interpretation of the classic story is given vibrant life as this cast (with great costumes and chemistry) gives us the story of the man and the windmill he must slay with nice stage design, Acosta himself as Bastilo, Christopher Sanders in the title role and Martin Yates conducting the fine score. The makers totally grasp the material and it is worth your time to catch it. © 2014 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review

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