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American Ballet Theatre - Don Quixote (<p>Paloma Herrera and James Whiteside; photo by Renata Pavam.</p>)

American Ballet Theatre: Don Quixote (Apr. 17-20) / Works by Fokine, Ashton, and Gomes (Apr. 15 & 16)

ABT offers a feast of choreographic fireworks with its spirited staging of Don Quixote--praised for its "glorious passages of choreography" (The New York Times)--plus works by Michel Fokine, Sir Frederick Ashton, and Marcelo Gomes.

  • Apr. 15 - 20, 2014
  • Opera House
  • 2 & 2-1/4 hours
  • $25.00 - $109.00
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American Ballet Theatre
Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director
 with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
 
Don Quixote 
(Timing: 2-1/4 hours, with two 20-minute intermissions--Act I - 36 min.; Act II - 37 min.; Act III - 23 min.)
(4/17–4/20)
Choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky
Staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones
Music by Ludwig Minkus
 
Works by Fokine, Gomes, and Ashton
(Timing: Approx. 2 hours, with one 20-minute intermission)
(4/15 & 4/16)
Les Sylphides (Fokine/Chopin, Britten) [32 min.; 1-min. pause]
Aftereffect (Gomes/Tchaikovsky) [12 min; 20-min. intermission] 
The Dream (Ashton/Mendelssohn) [52 min.]
 
"American ballet at its peak!"
--The Washington Post
 
"Glorious passages of choreography… witty timing and humor"
--The New York Times
 
For five performances, the stage explodes with one show-stopping performance after another in American Ballet Theatre's Don Quixote, hailed as a feast of "choreographic fireworks" by New York Newsday. Matadors, gypsies, lively street scenes, and a giant windmill all evoke a storybook Spain, powered by nonstop dancing set to Ludwig Minkus's melodic score. The New York Times says ABT's dancers "have exactly the right tone of… enjoyment to make the audience relish every finger-snapping, high-jumping moment."
 
The company also dances an exciting program of works from its acclaimed repertory. Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides, a one-act romantic reverie, is a plotless work in which a poet dances with ghostly sylphs in a forest to music by Chopin orchestrated by Britten. The program includes the D.C. premiere of ABT Principal Dancer Marcelo Gomes's Aftereffect, which was given its world premiere in October 2013 and is danced to the first movement from Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence. Celebrating 450 years since Shakespeare's birth, the company dances The Dream, Sir Frederick Ashton's enchanting one-act ballet based on A Midsummer Night's Dream, and features sopranos Jennifer Cherest and Melissa Mino singing in German with the Arlington Children's Chorus.

PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change)
Tue., Apr. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Les Sylphides--
Lane, Abrera, Seo, Gorak; Aftereffect--Company; The Dream--Kent, Gomes, Cornejo

Wed., Apr. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Les Sylphides--
Hamrick, Boylston, Part, Gorak; Aftereffect--Company; The Dream--Reyes, Whiteside, Simkin

Thu., Apr. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Don Quixote--
Murphy, Gomes

Fri., Apr. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Don Quixote--
Part, Whiteside

Sat., Apr. 19 at 1:30 p.m.
Don Quixote--
Boylston, Simkin

Sat., Apr. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Don Quixote--
Reyes, Cornejo

Sun., Apr. 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Don Quixote--
Herrera, Vasiliev

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