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The Dancing Man of La Mancha

The Dancing Man of La Mancha

Atlanta Ballet’s Don Quixote

Comedy, romance in Atlanta Ballet’s Don Quixote.

Atlanta Ballet’s Don Quixote
photo: Kim Kenney

Toss together imaginary dragons, a feisty innkeeper’s daughter, the town barber, a marriage plot and lots of swashbuckling adventure and you have Atlanta Ballet’s full-length Don Quixote. Based on Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel and choreographed by Yuri Possokhov, the ballet is full of physical humor and fiery, virtuoso dancing as it weaves the tale of the famous man of La Mancha and his reluctant squire. Don Quixote’s famous horse appears as a dazzling, life-size puppet, and 21st century projections enhance the more traditional but equally lavish sets.

Possokhov’s production was originally created for the Joffrey Ballet and entered Atlanta Ballet’s repertoire in 2018. The irresistibly dancey score by Léon Minkus will be in the hands of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Don Quixote is the kind of ballet that will entertain the whole family, even the ballet-phobes. March 17 to 19 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets $25-$142.

BY Gillian Anne Renault

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