Katrina Tamminga - Sept. 21, 2009
Colorado Ballet returns to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with the classic story ballet, Don Quixote, opening Oct. 16 and running through Oct. 25. Based on episodes from Miguel de Cervantes’ The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha, the ballet was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and set to a compelling score by Ludwig Minkus.
“Don Quixote is one of the original romantic comedies full of humor, love and excitement,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “It continuously captivates audiences with its lively characters, bravado dancing and dramatic third act pas de deux.”
Set in the streets of Barcelona, Spain, Don Quixote is one of ballet’s most rich and technically challenging works. Colorado Ballet’s production will feature a new staging by Boggs and the Company’s ballet mistresses, Sandra Brown and Lorita Travaglia.
“This is a very technically demanding ballet and it requires a lot of dancing from all Company members,” Boggs said. “We have added a few new twists to the choreography that will certainly challenge the dancers and ultimately showcase their precision and technique.”
Along with the new staging, the production will also see Company soloist, Sayaka Karasugi, step into a principal role, partnering with Alexei Tyukov. Karasugi and Tyukov will be one of three rotating principal casts performing the leading roles of Kitri and Basilio. Fellow principals Maria Mosina and Igor Vassine and Sharon Wehner and Koichi Kubo will be the other rotating casts.
“I am thrilled to have Karasugi and Tyukov partnered together,” Boggs said. “She has been a member of the Company since 2001 and has grown tremendously in her technique and stage presence. This is her first principal role with the Company and she is completely deserving of the role.”
While the Company is please to welcome the talented Karasugi onto a principal role, Don Quixote will also usher in mixed emotions as it will be Kubo’s final production with the Company. Kubo, who joined Colorado Ballet in 1991, will retire from dancing following the final performance, and join his family in his native Japan.
“Kubo had dedicated his career to Colorado Ballet,” Boggs said. “He is a phenomenal dancer with so much talent and energy. We are sad to see him leave, but recognize that it is his time to move on to the next chapter in his life. He will be sorely missed.”
From the fun and upbeat street drama in Barcelona to the virtuoso and technical demands, Colorado Ballet’s production of Don Quixote— made complete with costumes and set courtesy of the Louisville Ballet—is sure to be a delight.
Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for Don Quixote:
Friday, Oct.16, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Ticket Prices range from $19 - $109 To purchase tickets for Don Quixote please call 303-837-8888 or stop by Colorado Ballet’s Ticketing Office at 1278 Lincoln Street in Denver.