A ballet by Boris Eifman
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Sets and costumes: Vyacheslav Okunev
Premiere: June 25, 1994 (as Don Quixote, or Fantasies of a Madman)
Revised: August 17, 2010
Boris Eifman’s I, Don Quixote is an entirely new interpretation of this classical choreographic masterpiece of the past. While retaining the musical score of the ballet, Boris Eifman offers a distinctively original personal take on the dramatic story going far beyond the framework of archaic artistic forms.
Eifman’s protagonist lives in the realm of his own fantasies, but creates there a world of beauty, harmony, joyfulness and love. This world of illusion is vivid and luminous, but coming into collision with the bitter and obscure reality it may turn into tragedy.