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Don Quixote (Photo from Don Quixote)

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

The Kennedy Center's own ballet company stages its world-premiere revival of Balanchine's romantic, adventurous, and bittersweet Don Quixote.

  • Jun. 22 - 26, 2005
  • Opera House
  • 2 hrs. 35 min.
  • $29.00 - $84.00
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"Ingeniously choreographed…downright gorgeous. A TRIUMPH!"
--The New York Times, June 23, 2005

Suzanne Farrell, a 2003 National Medal of Arts recipient, is "bringing fans back to ballet" (The Washington Post) as artistic director of the Kennedy Center's own ballet company. For its first engagement in the Opera House, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet presents the world premiere of its new staging of Don Quixote, George Balanchine's full-length masterpiece that was last presented more than 25 years ago. With an exquisite score created for him by Nicolas Nabokov, Balanchine re-imagined the adventurous "knight-errant" hero and his beloved Dulcinea to create a balletic version of Cervantes's epic novel unlike any other before it. The Suzanne Farrell Ballet recaptures all the sweeping romance, daring chivalry, and bittersweet emotion of Balanchine's Don Quixote, produced in association with the National Ballet of Canada and featuring sumptuous sets by Zack Brown and gorgeous costumes by Holly Hynes.

Accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

CASTING for the role of Dulcinea:
Sonia Rodriguez: 6/22, 6/24, 6/25 mat, 6/26 eve
Heather Ogden: 6/23, 6/25 eve, 6/26 mat


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