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The ballet “Don Quixote” is based on episodes from Miguel de Cervantes’ novel “Don Quixote.” Choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus, it premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1869.

The ballet centers around the adventures of Don Quixote, a nobleman who becomes obsessed with tales of chivalry and embarks on a quest to revive knight-errantry. Alongside his loyal squire, Sancho Panza, Don Quixote encounters various characters and situations, often mistaking ordinary events for heroic adventures.

In the ballet, the story is primarily focused on the romance between Kitri, a spirited young woman, and Basilio, a poor barber. Despite Kitri’s father’s wishes for her to marry a wealthy nobleman, she is in love with Basilio. Don Quixote, mistaking Kitri for his beloved Dulcinea, becomes involved in their love story, adding a layer of comedic confusion to the plot.

Throughout the ballet, there are colorful ensemble dances, grand pas de deux between Kitri and Basilio, and virtuosic variations showcasing the technical prowess of the dancers. The choreography includes elements of Spanish folk dance, adding to the vibrant and lively atmosphere of the production.

As the story unfolds, Don Quixote’s illusions are gradually shattered, but his noble spirit remains intact. In the end, he returns to his senses, acknowledging the reality of the world around him. The ballet concludes with a joyful celebration of love and friendship, as Kitri and Basilio are united, and Don Quixote bids farewell to his fantastical adventures.

“Don Quixote” is renowned for its energetic choreography, expressive characterizations, and sumptuous costumes and sets. It continues to be a beloved classic in the repertoire of ballet companies around the world, captivating audiences with its timeless tale of love, bravery, and the power of imagination.


February 24
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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