The Performing Arts Center presents the Moscow Festival Ballet in Don Quixote Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on Baldwin Street.
The three-act ballet is set to music by Leon Minkus and is staged from the original choreography by Marius Petipa. Tickets are $29 (rear orchestra) and $34 (front orchestra). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more; tickets are half price for UGA students with valid ID.
Don Quixote premiered at Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1869 and was a resounding success, leading to Minkus’ appointment as the Imperial ballet composer of St. Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theatre.
Based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote tells the story of Don Quixote de la Mancha, an old nobleman who believes himself called to knightly deeds. He sets off with his servant, Sancho Panza, seeking adventures in the service of the beautiful Dulcinea.
Sergei Radchenko, a renowned principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, founded the Moscow Festival Ballet in 1989. Radchenko envisioned creating an independent new company that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets. Under Radchenko’s direction, the company has staged new productions of classic ballets such as Giselle, Paquita and Carmen.
A pre-performance lecture will be given at 6:45 p.m. in the Balcony Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. The lecture is open to the public.