PNB is proud to present the American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s full-length Don Quixote, created for Dutch National Ballet in 2010. Based on an episode from Cervantes’ famous novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha, the story follows its title hero, a middle-aged country gentleman absorbed with tales of chivalry and a dream-lover, Dulcinea.
With his squire Sancho Panza, Don Quixote ventures to the legendary city of Barcelona and discovers spirited young lovers Kitri and Basilio. When Kitri’s father plots her marriage to a wealthy fool, the couple hides with a troupe of actors whose play-acting causes the Don to be transported by visions fair and foul. Kitri is eventually discovered and feigns a broken heart when Basilio pretends to stab himself in despair. Don Quixote intervenes for the lovers so persuasively that Kitri’s father must give his consent, and all celebrate the wedding as the Don resumes his quest.
Don Quixote’s bravura classical dances showcase soloist virtuosity as dramatically as its mime and humor reveal accomplished character players. At the center of the ballet’s passionate Castilian heart, Ludwig Minkus’ rousing score endows each scene with rich atmosphere, deepened by Jérôme Kaplan’s (Roméo et Juliette) vibrant costumes and amber-washed sets. All elements combine with Ratmansky’s innately expressive movement to treat theater-lovers of all ages to a first look at this smash hit.
On Tuesday, January 31 spend your lunch hour at the Central Seattle Public Library for a free lunchtime preview of PNB’s Don Quixote. Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about Don Quixote, complete with video excerpts. 12:00pm – 1:00pm.
On Thursday, February 2, join the PNB for an engaging interview with choreographer Alexei Ratmansky during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal for Don Quixote. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Go online HERE for more information and tickets.
Plus, the Pacific Northwest Ballet has teamed up with Seattle venues to offer you special discounts!
Shop, Dine & Treat Yourself to Don Quixote. Visit the Concierge Desk at Pacific Place (on Level 1) with $100 in same-day receipts from Pacific Place and receive one free ticket to Don Quixote plus a 20% discount on additional tickets. Limit one free ticket per person.
Between Friday, February 3 and Sunday, February 12, present your Don Quixote ticket at Seattle’s RN74 restaurant and receive one complimentary “La Mancha” specialty cocktail. Must be 21+ and have ticket and valid ID.