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Don Quixote

Martine van Hamel

Martine van Hamel as Kitri in the Pas de Deux from Don Quixote (1963). Photo by Ken Bell.

Two new versions of the Don Quixote Pas de Deux were staged during the 1963/64 season. The first was by Svetlana Beriosova, daughter of Nicolas Beriozoff, after the original Marius Petipa. The second was staged by National Ballet Principal Dancer Galina Samtsova, after Eugen Valukin. A young Martine van Hamel was cast exclusively as Kitri in both versions throughout the season. After leaving the National Ballet in 1969, van Hamel continued her illustrious performing career as a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre for over 20 years.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.