On the eve of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s World Premiere of Carlos Acosta’s dazzling production of Don Quixote, we are delighted to announce that Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov will perform the roles of Kitri and Basilio for two nights only at the Birmingham Hippodrome next week (22 & 23 February).
Marianela and Vadim performed the roles for The Royal Ballet in 2019, and Marianela danced Kitri with Acosta in the original staging in 2013 – Acosta’s first ever full length ballet.
For Birmingham Royal Ballet the production has been redesigned, reconfigured and choreographed in parts to keep it fresh, visually vibrant and tourable. The production began last week in Southampton and after it’s Birmingham run (18 – 26 February) it will travel to The Lowry Salford, Sunderland Empire and Plymouth Theatre Royal. It could be said to be the most ambitious tour the company has undertaken – particularly as the company rehearsal and production period (just 4 weeks) began, covid was having a continued impact on protocol and safety measures.
Inviting international superstars Marianela and Vadim to share the stage with BRB dancers brings added excitement to the company, and for them to appear on the Hippodrome Stage makes it extra special.
Carlos Acosta said ‘It’s not unusual for international ballet stars to make guest appearances with other companies and on this occasion it feels so right. Marianela and Vadim know these roles so well. It will feel like stardust has been sprinkled on the already brilliantly bright stage. Everyone in the company is really excited to have them perform with us.’