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Ballet Manila Brings 'Don Quixote De La Mancha' to the Stage

It's a fitting end for Ballet Manila's 21st season.
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Bringing its 21st season to a close, Ballet Manila stages Don Quixote, arguably the most popular and enduring work of the prolific Russian choreographer Marius Petipa. First presented in 1869, the ballet is based on one of the greatest novels in world literature, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote de la Mancha; as such, it’s the perfect bookend to Ballet Manila’s performance season, which is dubbed “Revenge of the Classics.”Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Ballet Manila’s CEO and

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Ballet Manila’s CEO and artistic director says, “We only find it fitting to close it with a true classic—one that’s captivating and serves as a testament to the strength of our dancers.” The adventure, comedy, and romance of the novel are captured in the choreography created by Petipa, and the roles of the dancers portraying Don Quixote, his servant Sancho Panza, and the lovers Kitri and Basilio are said to be among the most technically challenging in the classical ballet repertoire.

As created by Petipa, the dual role of Kitri/Dulcinea is well known to Elizalde, as she first took it on nearly 30 years ago when she was with the Mariinsky Ballet, previously known as the Kirov Ballet. She then reprised it several times over her career, the final one in 2012. This expertise comes in handy as she guides Ballet Manila’s top ballerinas, Dawna Mangahas, Katherine Barkman, and Pia Dames, as they take turns as this beloved character. Mikhail Martynyuk, principal dancer of the Kremlin Ballet, guest stars in this production.

February 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and February 26 at 3 p.m, Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay; tickets through Ticketworld, 891.9999, ticketworld.com.ph; balletmanila.com.ph.

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