Don Quixote is a ballet in four acts and eight scenes, based on episodes taken from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. It was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus and first presented by the Ballet of the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, Russia on 26 December 1869.
Act I – A market-place in Barcelona
Kitri, an inn-keeper’s daughter, steals out of her house to meet her beloved, the barber Basilio. Her father, Lorenzo, sees the lovers and sends Basilio away, bringing Kitri to tears.
Dancing begins in the square and some toreadors try to kidnap the girls they fancy, but their relatives and lovers hasten to their aid.
Kitri and Basilio then run away.
Act II – The enchanted Garden of Dulcinea
The second act opens with the enchanted Garden of Dulcinea. The garden is filled with dryads and beautiful women presided over by the Queen of the Dryads and Amor. Among them is Dulcinea and Don Quixote kneels before his beloved. At this moment everything vanishes.
Back at the square, Kitri and Basilio join those who are dancing.