Inspired by his love of reading chivalry novels, Don Quixote decides to go in search of his own adventures and appoints his faithful friend Sancho Panza as a squire.
In the village there is a great party. Kitri, the daughter of innkeeper Lorenzo, flirts with barber Basilio, with whom she is in love against her father’s will, as he intends to marry her to Gamache, the rich man of the town. This is when Don Quixote and Sancho arrive. When he sees Kitri, Don Quixote believes that she is Dulcinea, the imaginary owner of his heart. Among so much confusion, Basilio and Kitri take this opportunity to run away. When the innkeeper and guests realize this, they set off in their pursuit.
In their flight, Kitri and Basilio arrive at a gypsy camp. Her father, furious and desperate, also arrives at the camp. At one point, a storm breaks and Don Quixote, in his delirium, mistakes the windmills for threatening giants. He assaults them, is entangled in their sails and falls to the ground into a deep sleep.
In his crazy fantasy, Don Quixote is guided by Cupid to enter the wonderful kingdom of the Dryads. When he sees them dancing, he recognizes Kitri among them, already converted into Dulcinea, his great love. When Sancho awakens him and he revives, he realizes that they must continue their journey.
In their epic flight, Kitri and Basilio arrive at the tavern, where they have great fun and celebrate their love with their friends. They are found by Kitri’s father, who wishes to announce the wedding of his daughter with Gamache. In his despair, the poor Basilio stabs himself. Seeing his daughter suffer, he agrees to bless this tragic love. In doing so, Basilio stops pretending he is dead and celebrates the acceptance of Kitri’s father with all.
Thanks to the intervention of Don Quixote in favor of lovers, the priest of the village finally gives his blessing to Kitri’s and Basilio’s love for the joy of all their friends, who in a great final dance say goodbye to the famous adventurers.
Source: Ballet nacional Sodre
Choreography: Silvia Bazilis / Raúl Candal (after Marius Petipa's original)
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Synopsis: Free version of chapter XX of "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha" second book by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Set and Costume design: Hugo Millán
Lighting design: Claudia Sánchez
Audiovisual effects: Leonardo Scarone
General Production: BNS, Auditorio Nacional del Sodre
Company: BNS | Ballet Nacional Sodre / Uruguay
Artistic director: Julio Bocca.
Kitri: María Riccetto
Basile: Ciro Tamayo
Don Quichotte: Luiz Santiago
Sancho Panza: Alejandro González
Torero: Damián Torío
Mercedes: Gabriela Flecha
Amies de Kitri: Ariele Gomes, Careliz Povea
Cupide: Nathiany Ribeiro
She began her formal ballet studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón; At the end of his studies in 1973, she joined the Estable Ballet of the Teatro Colón. In 1977, she was promoted to first ballerina after performing in Giselle with the Russian Vladimir Vasiliev.
She has played in Giselle, Swan Lake and Carmen, among others. She was the partner of Raúl Candal, Maximiliano Guerra and Julio Bocca.
She retired from the stages of the Estable Ballet of the Teatro Colón in 1994, dancing the premiere of the ballet Oneguin, with choreography by John Cranko, with Raúl Candal and Maximiliano Guerra. A year later, he would say goodbye to the stage definitively, dancing with Julio Bocca the pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet at Luna Park.
Since 1996 she has worked as a teacher at the Julio Bocca Foundation, she is also a teacher trainer for dancers who wish to participate in international competitions.