The Imperial Russian Ballet Company's Don Quixote.
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company's Don Quixote. Contributed

Imperial Russian Ballet to perform Don Quixote at Brolga

SHINE your shoes and iron your "going out" pants as this Sunday the Imperial Russian Ballet returns to Maryborough's Brolga Theatre, this time boasting their most flamboyant production yet.

Receiving standing ovations nightly from international audiences, Don Quixote tells the tale of Alfonso Quijano, an aging Spanish nobleman who reads so many novels he starts to lose touch with reality.

Soon Alfonso takes it upon himself to revive chivalry under the name Don Quixote.

The production showcases the talents of more than 40 dancers, many of whom have performed in Maryborough before.

Principle soloists Nariman Bekzhanov and Lina Seveliova are two such performers who have been with the company for the past eight years and have performed four times in Australia.

They says that while their typically tight touring schedule will see them rewarded with several days off, sadly they won't have time to spare in the Fraser Coast region.

"The bus will usually arrive about two o'clock in the afternoon," a spokesperson for the company said.

"Then the dancers will go straight to the theatre for an hour or so of warm-up, then an hour or so with the director receiving critique before the show."

Although this year's tour is keeping them busy, the performers say they usually enjoy spending time on the beaches as well as having outdoor barbecues.

As for regional audiences, the dancers say that they are always impressed by the response.

"Not a lot of shows get to the smaller towns which often miss out on productions of this quality.

"If anything, the response you get in these places is more overwhelming than in the big cities."

Tickets are still available for the one-night performance at 8pm and can be ordered online at www.brolgatheatre.org.



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