Thursday, February 11, 2010

Israeli take on 'Don Quixote'

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2009-2010 World Stages: Dance series with the internationally acclaimed Israel Ballet’s interpretation of “Don Quixote,” February 21 at 2 p.m.

Featuring choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Ludwig Minkus, the performance is part of Israel Ballet’s first U.S. tour in 25 years.

Originally staged in four acts and eight scenes, “Don Quixote” is based on an episode taken from the famous novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes. It tells the story of a knight errant in search of Dulcinea, the lady of his dreams. Accompanied by his loyal squire Sancho and armed with a failing mind and a shaving basin, the knight battles windmills and imaginary monsters as he follows his quest.

Featuring guest artists Anna Kostanyan and Lyudvik Ispiryan in the leading roles of Kitri and Basilio, the Israel Ballet’s production is set against a video enhanced back drop, adding an extra layer of energy and color to one of the most beloved works in the classical repertoire.

The show is at the Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road; tickets are $30 and $20. For more, call 718-951-4500.


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