BalletMet Columbus Presents Petitpa's Iconic Comedy
Fusing high spirited comedy and breathtaking dance, iconic balletmaster Marius Petipa's legendary Don Quixote ballet was performed by the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow in 1869, going on to become a long lasting favorite of the classical ballet repertoire throughout the world. BalletMet Columbus presents the age old tale with a fresh perspective as part of their 2018/19 season programming, featuring new choreographic interpretation by the company's artistic director Edward Liang.
Based on Miguel de Cervantes classic novel 'Don Quixote de la Mancha', the ballet uses the spice of Spanish folk dances, jaw dropping and technically demanding movements, Ludwig Minkus' timeless score and a sense of theatricality to illustrate episodes from the tale about an old man who becomes a knight errant when he reads one too many fairy tales about damsels in distress and a medieval romance. Setting out on an adventure with his faithful and slightly more sane sidekick Sancho Panza, the hilarious Don Quixote draws ridicule and infamy as attempts to woo and bring honor to the lady of his dreams Dulcinea.