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Arab World Debut of Don Quixote performed by the Compañía Nacional de Danza as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2018

Don Quixote 30th Mar 2018

Spain’s National Dance Company Thrills Abu Dhabi Festival Audiences With a Spectacular and Quintessentially Spanish Performance

In the first of two nights of world-class ballet performances, Spain’s national dance company, Compañía Nacional de Danza, dazzled an Abu Dhabi Festival audience, in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance; H.E. Antonio Alvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the UAE, with a spellbinding performance of Don Quixote. A vivid tale of imagination, friendship, love and loyalty, the famed ballet tells the story of Miguel de Cervantes’ romantic knight Don Quixote.


H.E. Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival said: “The regional debut for this Spanish ballet production of Don Quixote is a magnificent example of ADMAF’s commitment to bringing world-class performances to the UAE. This particular interpretation by Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza expresses the passion and poetic nuance of Miguel de Cervantes’ infamous knight Don Quixote. A dramatic and spectacular conclusion to this year’s festival with a company representing the very best in international dance. 


Every year, Abu Dhabi Festival are committed to presenting a programme of breadth and depth, bringing the pinnacle of international cultural production to the United Arab Emirates across disciplines and influences. The true aim is to engage and inspire, ensuring a calendar of events that meets the abundant cultural diversity of our audiences. Our triumphant moments come when we can offer a crossroads between East and West, staging experiences for UAE audiences that they could not get anywhere else. The 2018 Festival was underscored by a desire to promote the values of tolerance, respect and enlightenment, qualities instilled across the nation by our Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This final performance rounded off a full and varied programme of arts and culture, promoting tolerance, social intuition and openness, the ideal foundations for a society that develops eloquent and passionate future leaders.”


This vibrant interpretation by Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza, Artistic Director José Carlos Martínez, is a fascinating take brimming with passion. Elegantly encapsulating the classic Franco-Russian choreography, he reinvigorates the story with the essence of Cervantes’ and the company’s Spanish spirit to realise a poetic, nuanced reflection on perfect love.


The second performance, taking place tonight (30 March), will bring the 15th edition of the annual Abu Dhabi Festival to a close.