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        Don Kişot İDOB

        Don Quixote İDOB

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        Don Quixote İDOB

        İstanbul State Opera and Ballet is bringing the Don Quixote ballet, inspired by selected parts of Miguel de Cervantes' novel, back to the stage with performances at the magnificent atmosphere of AKM Türk Telekom Opera Hall.

        The piece, which was staged for the first time by Marius Petipa at the Bolshoi Imperial Theatre in Moscow in 1869 with the composition of Ludwig Minkus, is one of the most brilliant and magnificent works of the classical ballet world with its rich melody in its music that unifies the harmonious combination of the colourful and exciting effect of the Spanish culture.

        Ayşem Sunal Savaşkurt is the producer of Don Quixote, which has an invariable place in the repertoires of world-famous ensembles with its high-level ballet technique.

        Choreographer: M. Petipa
        Producer and Arranger: Ayşem Sunal Savaşkurt
        Scenic Design: İsmail Dede
        Costume Design: Gizem Betil
        Light Design: Önder Arık

        Alonso Quixano, a forgotten name for the one called Don Quixote, who is obsessed with medieval tales of chivalry, one day decides to become a knight-errant. He sets off for the city with his squire, Sancho Panza. In his dreams, there is Dulcinea, whose love he wants to win.

        The innkeeper Lorenzo wants his daughter Kitri to marry the wealthy Gamache. However, Kitri loves Basilio. Meanwhile, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza come to town. When Don Quixote sees Kitri, he thinks he has finally found Dulcinea. In the middle of the feast in the square, Kitri and Basilio manage to escape with the help of their friends Espada and Mercedes. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza follow them. Gamache and Lorenzo immediately chase after the two.

        Don Quixote and Sancho Panza discover that the escaped couple has taken shelter in a gypsy camp. Everyone is under the influence of the romantic atmosphere of the night. Don Quixote begins to daydream and realizes that Kitri actually loves Basilio. At that moment, a storm breaks out. Don Quixote attacks a windmill, perceiving it as a monster. However, he collapses miserably at the end of this collision and passes out.

        Don Quixote plunges into a magical dream, and images of extraordinary beauty pass before his eyes. He sees Kitri as Dulcinea again. At the break of dawn, Sancho Panza notices Kitri and Basilio, who escaped from the Gypsy Camp, and immediately wakes up Don Quixote. Arriving at the camp at that time, Lorenzo and Gamache ask them about Kitri. Don Quixote, sympathetic to the young lovers, deliberately misleads Lorenzo and Gamache. However, Sancho Panza benightedly shows the two the right way.

        As much as Kitri and Basilio try to hide, they are eventually caught. Lorenzo asks his daughter to reciprocate Gamache’s attention. Meanwhile, Basilio creates a fake “suicide” scene. When Kitri realizes that this is a pretence, she tells Don Quixote that she wants to marry Basilio and asks him to convince Lorenzo about the issue. In an instant, Basilio comes back to “life”! Everyone leaves with enthusiasm for the wedding preparations.

        People celebrate the couple’s marriage. Don Quixote is also happy that the couple got married. Saying a sincere farewell to them, he sets off on new adventures.


        Changes and Refunds

        Purchased tickets cannot be changed or refunded, except in case of cancellation of the event or change of date.
        Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events in AKM will be subject to specific rules. Everyone who buys a ticket will be assumed to have agreed to these rules and enforcements.
        The student ticket is only valid with an available student ID. On the day of the event, the student's identity must be presented to the staff.
        AKM Management reserves the right not to admit those who are considered unsuitable for the event by giving them refunds.

        For Your Health

        In accordance with the circular letter, “Mandatory PCR Test” dated 14.01.2022 issued by the Republic of Türkiye, Ministry of Internal Affairs, it has been decided on the advice of the Coronavirus Science Committee that, due to the recent course of the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on public health, it is no longer necessary to have PCR test scans prior to attending events such as concerts, cinema, or theatre.

        During The Event

        During the concert, recording with cameras, mobile phones, and other recording equipment is forbidden. Recording devices will not be allowed in the venues.
        The events are suitable for participants aged 7 and over.
        Once the event begins, no visitors will be allowed in the venue.

        Venue Rules

        It is required for visitors to arrive and be ready at the entrance 1 hour prior to the event.  
        The concert halls may change for reasons beyond control. AKM management is sure to change the seating layout, ensuring they assign the spectators a new seat in the changed venue that is closest to the prior ticket number. Purchased tickets will not be refunded due to the change of venue.
        Guests are required to comply with the stated seating layout; they are obliged not to change their seats during the event.
        It’s forbidden to enter the venues with food and beverages, consume tobacco or tobacco products or use e-cigarettes outside smoke-free areas. 

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