I’ve read the chivalric story of Don Quixote de la Mancha when I was in high school and I found it too serious and stiff. But after watching Ballet Manila’s staging of Don Quixote, I was transported to the colorful world full of graceful dances and back-bending ballerinas.
Don Quixote is the closing act for Ballet Manila’s 21st performance season. Dubbed as Revenge of the Classics season, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde described Don Quixote as the kind of like her signature ballet that brought her to the spotlight and Kitri is her most performed role.
Don Quixote was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus and first presented in Russia in 1869. It was later on introduced to the world by Anna Pavlova’s company in 1924 and performed by The Royal Ballet in 1950.
The ballet places special focus on the love story between Kitri and Basilio, a pair which Don Quixote encounters during his adventures.
The role of Kitri was beautifully performed by Katherine Barkman, who is currently a principal dancer for Ballet Manila while the role of Basilio was played by Kremlin Ballet Theater star and principal danseur, Mikhail Martynyuk. Both Barkman and Martynyuk showcased beautiful footwork and their pas de deux was magically incredible.
Don Quixote’s stage designs were colorful. The ballet ensemble in Act II. The Dream scene was enchantingly beautiful and impressive.
The show was truly a feast for the eyes.
Don Quixote is co-presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company, Star City, and Aliw Theater. Other sponsors include ACS Manufacturing Corporation, First United Corporation, Papa John’s Pizza, Hot Star Chicken, Oasis Paco Park Hotel, Microtel Wyndham Hotels, Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas, City Garden Suites Malate,Island Rose, and Philcom. Official ride partner is Grab Philippines. To learn more about it, visit http://www.balletmanila.com.ph or follow Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets are also available through all Ticketworld outlets. Please call 8919999 or visit http://www.ticketworld.com.ph, for more information.