Living without watching ballet is pointless
- By Dashmaa D -
- Mar 13,2023
You don’t need to know anything about classical culture or Cervantes to thoroughly enjoy the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet’s (MSATOB) “Don Quixote.” I watched that ballet on March 12 with full of joy and excitement. This is pure joy such as fluffy costumes and comic high jinks.
“Don Quixote” ballet by L.Minkus’, which has been performed on the stage of the MSATOB since 1971, is only a part of the original story of how Kitri and Basilio save their love, Kitri’s father, the owner of the canteen, Lorenzo, firmly believed that Basil will marry Kitri, the rich chevalier Gamache, and Sancho Panza, Don Quixote’s loyal companion, and armorer. Composer Ludwig Minkus, being an experienced composer, was able to make his ballet, inspired by light Spanish music and fiery dance, irresistible from start to finish. In addition, the setting and colors of the stage also represent the colorful environment and life of Spain where the original story takes place, so it is an opportunity to refresh your mind and add a new page to your own and child’s art education.
Don Quixote is a ballet with chivalry, romance, and comical adventure. It tells the tale of an elderly and slightly delusional Spaniard, Don Quixote, who, sitting amidst his books, dreams of a fair lady, Dulcinea. The lead dancer, Kh.Galtulga as Basilio and G.Nyamtseren as Kitri were perfectly matched. Both dancers have clean, strong techniques, beautifully long lines, and onstage chemistry that created a magical partnership. Kh.Galtulga has matured into a spectacular dancer both technically and artistically; he is certainly the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet’s leading young male dancer. His excellent technique was apparent during his solo variations which included high jumps and numerous turns, while his artistry was showcased through his interactions with Kitri, from coy flirtation to comic death. Now, let’s talk about G.Nyamtseren as Kitri. Technically flawless, her high kicks, beautiful jumps, and sharp, dynamic style matched with her flirtatious and flamboyant personality made her an ideal Kitri.
O.Iderbat, who danced the role of a Toreador, and B.Khaliunaa, a street dancer, were the dancers who attracted more attention than the main dancers. As for O.Iderbat, his movements were sharp and decisive, and his facial expressions were amazing. His footwork, flexibility of his hands, and his entrance into the role indicated that he was another shining star of this ballet. The bright costumes provided a sharp contrast to the beautiful rusty orange hues of the scenery and sets. This is an exciting and memorable new production of Don Quixote.
The ballet continued with three parts and two intermissions, and out of respect for the ballet audience, the performance started on time. Mongolian classical art is one of the best things about the country and we, Mongolians, are immensly proud of it. It was a pleasure to watch this ballet, which involved the work of many people. But one thing should be said. The culture of the audience who came to see the ballet was very rude. Even 30 minutes after the start of the ballet, people were still coming in from the middle of the audience. People were talking loudly here and there and talking on the phone, which would have upset the people who came to see the classical art with interest. It is a responsibility for our audience to arrive on time and not cause inconvenience to others. But our little audience (children) watched it with great admiration, full of emotions. Thank you to the parents who educate their children in classical art from an early age. We would also like to applaud the Mongolian State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet, which presents world-class ballet and operas in Mongolia.