A Novel by Cody L. Stanford

Posts tagged “American Ballet Theatre

Don Quixote

This is my favorite ballet. I saw the American Ballet Theatre production when it was first broadcast on PBS many years ago and immediately fell in love with it. Don Quixote is based on a short episode in the novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The ballet was composed by Ludwig Minkus and choreographed by Marius Petipa. I’ve posted two videos of this ballet; the first is from the Mariinsky Ballet.

And this is the performance I first saw on TV; it’s terrific and features Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tajo’s favorite dancer. The video quality on this is not very good, which is why I posted the better-quality version above. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy this work.

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is almost certainly the most popular ballet in the world.  Chances are, if you’ve ever seen a live ballet performance, it was The Nutcracker.  Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this ballet is a perennial holiday favorite.  Tajo wants desperately to be cast as one of the children in the New York City Ballet’s annual performances of The Nutcracker, and during the course of Feeding, he refers to this video below, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov (Tajo’s favorite ballet dancer) and Gelsey Kirkland in one of the finest ballet performances you’ll ever see.  This production is from the American Ballet Theatre, another great ballet company based in New York City.  Enjoy!