The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Blu-ray)
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Marius Petipa's "Don Quixote" was originally produced for the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow in 4 acts and 8 tableaux. It was performed for the first time on December 26 [O.S. December 14] 1869. Petipa and Minkus then mounted the work for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg in an expanded edition of 5 acts and 11 tableaux. The premiere on November 21 [O.S. November 9] 1871 was very successful, and lead to a long collaboration between Petipa and Minkus that would last until 1886. It was Alexander Gorsky's new version of Petipa's "Don Quixote" that would serve as the basis for all modern productions. Gorsky originally staged his version for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the first performance taking place on December 19 [O.S. December 6] 1900. This version modified Petipa's scenario to 3 acts and 6 tableaux, and Minkus's score was trimmed and supplemented with new music by the composer Anton Simon. In 1902 the Director of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theaters Vladimir Telyakovsky invited Gorsky to mount his production of "Don Quixote" for the Imperial Ballet of the Mariinsky. More changes were made, including new pieces lifted from some of Minkus's other works, and two new variations by composer Riccardo Drigo for Mathilde Kschessinskaya, who performed the role of Kitri. The premiere on February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1902 shocked the St. Petersburg balletomanes with its realistic crowd scenes and décor. Petipa was outraged by the production, which did not last long in the repertory of the Imperial Ballet.
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