MUSCAT: The excellence of the Cuban National Ballet is expressed in their brilliant and gifted performance of Don Quixote, a joyous, sparkling work, well-suited to the company’s beautiful classicism – and executed with panache.

The Royal Opera House Muscat will present three performances of this exciting ballet, including a special Saturday matinee for the convenience of families.

The performances will be held on Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30 at 7pm. The matinee will be on Saturday, October 31 at 2pm.

Founded sixty-seven years ago, the world-famous Cuban National Ballet specialises in the traditional repertoire of ballet, while also working with innovative choreographers in the creation of contemporary pieces. Don Quixote is one of the most interesting and entertaining pieces in world ballet. It is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ celebrated novel Don Quixote, which dates from 1605 and 1615 and has made a significant contribution to the global history of literature.

Cervantes relates the tale of a Spanish nobleman who immerses himself in stories of chivalric romances to the point that he loses touch with reality and feels compelled to venture out into the wide world to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice under the name Don Quixote.

This out-of-touch, idealistic knight enlists a simple farmer by the name of Sancho Panza as his squire. One of the best-loved characters in literature, Sancho Panza has an earthy wit which he uses with comically stubborn persistence to counter Don Quixote’s grand illusions and puncture his exaggerated orations on antiquated knighthood.

An iconic scene in the novel has given rise to the popular idiom ‘tilting at windmills’, which means attacking imaginary enemies. As Don Quixote charges forth on horseback to tilt at windmills with his jousting lance, he imagines the windmills to be giants. Cuban National Ballet’s Don Quixote gives audiences a glorious two hours of classical ballet replete with breathtaking portes (lifts), gravity-defying leaps, and dazzling pirouettes. The ballet is accompanied by the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra.