RNZB Don Q Preview

by Nadine Armiger


I saw this very production of Don Quixote in 2008. Isn't that weird? I've already seen it! Is this a sign of my cultured-ness and sophistication, or am I just getting old?

Qi Huan & Katie Hurst-Saxton in 2008.

Qi Huan & Katie Hurst-Saxton in 2008.

Sadly this programme got a little munted as A Certain Person dropped it on the driveway and I accidentally ran over it with my car . . (soz Qi! So disrespectful!)

It was the second RNZB production I'd seen post-having-babies (the first one was Romeo and Juliet - can you IMAGINE! Blew my tiny MIND!) I took 3 kids with me and to this day we remember it as The One With The Little Dog. (And for years Paul Mathews was The Dude With The Little Dog.) (It's OK Paul, you're 'Doctor Coppelius' these days . . )

The Little Dog! Aww . . 

The Little Dog! Aww . . 

I also remember the windmills, the gypsies (I was dazzled by their hair-up-hair-down-hair-up skillz), the sailors, and two gorgeous girls in beautiful circle skirts - one was pink and one was purple.

Qi Huan & Katie Hurst-Saxton in 2008.

Qi Huan & Katie Hurst-Saxton in 2008.

I remember Medhi Angot was Basilio, because I have an Iranian friend called Mehdi and the name was similar enough to stick in my mind. I don't remember who Kitri was, but I do remember she had an unlucky moment of wobbling . . . oh dear!

I don't really remember much else about it - it doesn't seem to have much of a storyline, and I always want any ballet performance to give me All The Feels, which this one clearly didn't. And of course I was not the ninja-level fangirl I have become today, so I didn't really know who anyone was . . (How times have changed, haha!)

Nonetheless, I am very interested in seeing this production again, knowing what I know now, and of course seeing all the recognisable familiar faves dancing these roles. Should be fun! Look at the gorgeous Clytie Campbell being poster girl - doesn't she look utterly beautiful?

Clytie Campbell in 2015.

Clytie Campbell in 2015.

Don Q opens in Wellington on 4 March, then tours through Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin, Auckland and Palmerston North. (details