Program Four: Don Quixote
Petipa / Minkus
Mar 20 – Apr 26, 2020
Don Quixote is a sweeping Spanish-flavored tale of romance and chivalry that oozes vitality and fun. A live orchestra perform Minkus’ irresistible score, and the extraordinary MCB dancers perform super-charged solos and swashbuckling feats with daredevil flair.
This beloved classic is a vibrant, kaleidoscopic delight full of castanets clicking, ruffled skirts swirling, toreadors strutting, street dancers cavorting plus flower girls, a troop of gypsies and more.
Taking inspiration from Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza ride into town, searching for adventure. They meet the sassy, charming innkeeper’s daughter, Kitri. Don becomes her gladiator, helping Kitri to outwit her father and marry her love – the charismatic but penniless barber, Basilio.
Don Quixote is famous for Kitri and Basilio’s sparkling pas de deux, the humorous cast of characters, stunning sets and a beautiful dreamscape scene. It’s a rich variety of classical dancing at its most exquisite – and demanding. The leaps! The cape-whipping! The bravura! An unforgettable stage spectacle that makes the heart sing.
“Who couldn’t use a little romance, especially when accompanied by explosive jumps, fiery turns, fabulous costumes and a big dose of happiness.” Palm Beach Post
“It’s hard to tame the adventure that is Miami City Ballet’s Don Quixote” Miami New Times
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