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
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.