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Don Quixote

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February 16 – 25, 2024 |  Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium 

Don Quixote

Don Quixote follows its lead character in his knightly adventures with his loyal sword-bearer Sancho Panza in what has become known as ballet’s most famous romantic comedy.

Drawing on the translation by Edith Grossman, Don Quixote is a modern take on the medieval classic.  Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director Jodie Gates developed the concept for the production with collaborators Gonzalo Garcia and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The ballet is set to a 19th century romantic score by Ludwig Minkus performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The ballet was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa.

Audiences are immersed in an adventure filled with romance, tragedy, and comedy, including such famous scenes as the duel between Don Quixote and a windmill.  The ballet has long been acclaimed for its virtuoso dancing, and the choreography paints a story infused with the ideals of knighthood, chivalry, and Don Quixote’s love affair with Dulcinea.

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Don Quixote


ARTISTIC COLLABORATORSGonzalo Garcia and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorksy
MUSICLudwig Minkus

Celebrating Cincinnati Ballet’s 60th Anniversary

2023-2024 SEASON