In astounding displays of virtuoso dancing, highlighted by Minkus' irresistible music, romantic Spain and classical ballet merge merrily as the love between Kitri and Basil is challenged by the fruitless attempts of Kitri's father to engineer his unwilling daughter into a more lucrative match.

Drama, comedy, love and dazzling choreography sparkle in an exquisite blend of exuberance and bravura, making it a perfect vehicle for the brilliance of the Mariinsky dancers.