Ballet Manila Presents: Don Quixote

Thursday, February 23, 2017 , , , ,

Ballet Manila started out really strong by opening the year 2017 with a bang! This February, Ballet Manila is staging one of the world's favorite ballet show - Don Quixote.

Shows are on February 24 and 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. and on February 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Aliw Theater. Tickets are available through all Ticketworld outlets, call 8919999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph for more information.

Me and my friends are thrilled to watch this show. Sabi nga namin, you're not a real ballet fan if you haven't watched Don Quixote. It's a must. I've also heard that Kitri (the main character) is one of Lisa Macuja's signature ballet. Hindi madali ang mga moves sa show na ito so it's always a dream role for every ballerina.

Based on their press release...

Don Quixote is known in the ballet world as one of the most technically challenging pieces ever created, with some of the choreography raising the already high international standards when it first premiered in 1869 at the Tsar's Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg. It is especially known for its compulsory quick and strong movements, high vertical takeoffs, one arm lifts, quick fouettes, quadruple pirouettes, and Kitri’s signature move, the Plisetskaya head-kick.

Don Quixote is the closing act for Ballet Manila’s 21st performance season. Set in Spain, the story tells the tale of Don Quixote, who decides to become a knight and embark on a journey to find Lady Dulcinea, a lover that he has only made up in his head.  The ballet places special focus on the love story between Kitri and Basilio, a pair he encounters during his adventures. The production combines great acrobatic feats, lively music, colorful sets and costumes, and a lot of comedic elements. Specially for this run, Ballet Manila will bring in Kremlin Ballet Theater star and principal danseur, Mikhail Martynyuk, to play Basilio.

Our 21st performance season, Revenge of the Classics, has allowed us to mark so many milestones not just for Ballet Manila, but for the country as well,” says Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Ballet Manila’s CEO and Artistic Director. “Therefore, we only find it fitting to close it with a true classic—one that’s opulent, captivatingly elaborate, and serves as a true testament to the strength, passion, and skills of our dancers, who are all trained in the Vaganova Academy Style of dancing.

She continues, “Don Quixote is kind of like my signature ballet. It’s the ballet that really brought me to the spotlight, and Kitri is my most performed role. I’m so excited for this production because I feel like this is me handing down the role to Ballet Manila’s next generation of principal dancers.” Alternating for the role of Kitri are Katherine Barkman, Pia Dames, and Dawna Mangahas, who will be partnered by Martynyuk,

Lisa adds that the public should also watch out for the ballet’s production elements. “We are revamping some elements of our staging from previous ones. We are going all out with stage designs, props, and costumes. We’re not holding back for Don Quixote. Everyone should really watch out for it.

Excited na kayo?!!! Here's are some pics to get you more excited!! See you all there!

DQ - KATHERINE (14) DQ - KATHERINE (18) DQ-PIA & GERARDO (10) DQ-PIA & GERARDO (13) DQ - ALFREN & VIOLET (1) DQ - KATHERINE & RUDY (3)

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