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- Ballet’s most famous romantic comedy
- Lush sets and costumes
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The Story Behind the Ballet
Interested in learning what Don Quixote is all about? Click the arrows below to read the story before you see it on stage.
Don Quixote, an eccentric and old gentleman, lies dreaming in his castle, surrounded by books filled with tales of knights and maidens. These stories inspire a dream of a woman named Dulcinea, and in his delirium, Don Quixote vows to save her from harm. A neighbor, Sancho Panza, bursts in and interrupts Don Quixote’s dreams. Two market women are pursuing him for troublemaking. Don Quixote sends the women away and enlists Sancho as his squire. Together, they set out on an adventure.
In Barcelona, the beautiful and fiery Kitri, accompanied by her friends Juanita, Piquilla and Mercedes, looks for her sweetheart, the barber Basilio. The famous bullfighter, Espada, and his fellow toreadors arrive in the square. Their happy meeting is interrupted by Kitri’s father, the innkeeper Don Lorenzo, who wishes to betroth Kitri to a rich nobleman named Gamache. Kitri refuses to marry Gamache. She and Basilio join the festivities in the town’s square. The party is halted with the arrival of Don Quixote and Sancho. The townsfolk tease Sancho until Don Quixote puts an end to their meanness. Kitri and Basilio dance, and Don Quixote imagines Kitri as his Dulcinea. He invites her to dance. Gamache is furious but joins the crowd in supporting Don Quixote’s delusion. As the party continues, Kitri and Basilio sneak off to get married. Don Lorenzo and Gamache chase the couple, and Don Quixote and Sancho follow to rescue Kitri.
Kitri and Basilio seek shelter in a windmill and are captured by a band of gypsies, who soon discover the couple is penniless. Gamache and Don Lorenzo arrive and are robbed by the gypsies. Don Quixote and Sancho arrive, and the gypsies help to set Don Quixote against Gamache and Lorenzo. Their plans are thwarted, as Don Quixote mistakes the windmills for monsters. He attacks them but falters with exhaustion. The gypsies laugh at his defeat, and the lovers run off again with Gamache and Don Lorenzo in pursuit. Don Quixote lies unconscious and dreams that he is in a magic garden ruled by the Queen of the Dryads. Accompanied by Cupid, the Dryad Queen brings him Dulcinea. He declares his love for Dulcinea, but the dream fades, and off he goes with Sancho to find her.
In a tavern, Kitri, Basilio and their friends celebrate their escape when Don Quixote, Gamache, Don Lorenzo and Sancho arrive. Don Lorenzo demands that his daughter marry Gamache. Desperate, Kitri and Basilio play another trick on Don Quixote. Basilio pretends to stab himself in jealousy, and Kitri asks Don Quixote for help. He forces Don Lorenzo to bless Kitri and Basilio before Basilio’s “death.” Gamache challenges Don Quixote to a duel and is defeated. The lovers are reunited, and Don Quixote offers his blessing. Afterwards, he sees a vision of Dulcinea and continues his quest with Sancho.
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Meet the Main Characters
A man often disillusioned as to the reality of others, he spends his time searching for a woman who only exists in his dreams, Dulcinea. A knight errant, the heart of this loveable, eccentric man is captured by Kitri, whom he believes is Dulcinea. On his adventures, he is accompanied by Sancho Panza, his squire and friend.
Meet the Characters Blog
Often referred to as ballet’s most beloved romantic comedy, Don Quixote, based on Miguel de Cervantes’ definitive novel, is a heart-warming story of one erratic and gallant man’s quest for love.
Don Quixote has many memorable characters—gypsies and bullfighters and noblemen—who give this story its buoyancy. They are at the core of what makes Don Quixote an unforgettable production.
Photos by Jennifer Zmuda
Featured Dancers: Miguel Anaya, Austin Powers, Carly Wheaton, TyLeigh Baughman, Grace-Anne Powers, Francesca Dugarte