Dance review: Don Quichotte Du Trocadero

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review: Don Quichotte Du Trocadero at Festival Theatre, reviewed by Kelly Apter

The adage about Scottish weather could easily be applied to José Montalvo’s latest show. Because if you don’t like the dance style being performed on stage –wait five minutes and it will change. Between them, the eleven dancers in Don Quichotte du Trocadéro are proficient in classical ballet, flamenco, contemporary, tap dance, African and several shades of hip hop.

Running alongside this heady mix of choreographic styles, are the comic antics of French actor Patrice Thibaud, and some very fine film footage shot on the Paris Metro. In short, being bored is not an option.

Those familiar with Don Quixote –both the 17th century novel by Cervantes, and Petipa’s 19th century ballet –will spot a myriad of references, not least the copious use of windmills.

But Montalvo is the antithesis of esoteric, and demands no prior knowledge of his audience. Instead, this wonderfully bizarre but wholly accessible show is there to be enjoyed for exactly what it is –fun, witty, dynamic and performed with technical excellence.

This year’s Edinburgh Festival has thrown dance fans some challenging work to chew on –but with Don Quichotte they served up an undeniable crowd-pleaser.

MORE INFO: Don Quichotte Du Trocadero at Festival Theatre 7:30pm until Saturday 31 August

Originally published in The Scotsman