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Sunday
Feb052012

PNB's Don Quixote

Principal dancers Rachel Foster and Seth Orza in Don Quixote, Act 3. Photo © Angela Sterling.Watching Alexei Ratmansky's Don Quixote, performed by the Pacific Northwest Ballet was a magical experience, a special treat that my daughter and I were able to enjoy together on Saturday.  It really was a spectacular performance in every sense.  The sets and costumes were over the top elaborate.  I really must get myself a twirly skirt and a fan to dramatically fling about.  I think those would suit me quite fine. ; )  Kaori Nakamura and Lucien Postlewaite beautifully performed the roles of Kitri and Basilio.  My daughter and I just kept looking at each other throughout the performance, slack jawed in amazement.  And the music was so wonderful that it was hard to stay in my seat- the clapping, the stomping feet, the castanets...it's all quite contagious. .  I wanted to get up and dance too.  Fortunately, I did no such thing.  Yes, that would have mortified my 12 year old daughter.  But I am hoping to get a soundtrack of the music, to listen to in the privacy of my own home.  Then, I'll make no promises about not dancing. 

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Principal dancers Maria Chapman and Batkhurel Bold with corps de ballet dancer Sean Rollofson in Don Quixote, Act 1.photo credit: Angela Sterling

Here's a little video preview if you're interested.

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Reader Comments (6)

It is so deeply satisfying to watch the perfect placement of leg and arm - so clean and controlled and lyrical - the strength of both body and line. And I could just imagine the moves made by a fan-weilding ballerina - I know where her hand will start, and can follow the sweep of it across the body an into the air behind her, all while stepping out with sassy elegance. When I was just about Grace's age, I saw Man of La Mancha just off Broadway in the Village in New York. It was a theater in the round, and it was magnificent. There was dancing there, also, but of a different sort - and I knew every song by heart after the first hearing. The theatre can be so powerful, so moving, so magical. It can be very rough on the performers who have to call up passions every night, passions that are rare enough in a lifetime, and wearing to the soul. But when it works - ah, the wonder.

February 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

Who is that cute girl behind the water glass?

February 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPapa

I love ballet. I love watching it and I loved when my little girl was a ballerina in her sweet pink skirt and cardigan. Who knows what might have happened if she hadn't struck a horrible teacher.

I'm wondering ... and forgive me if this is an unfair question ... did you love ballet before your daughter became so involved? I wasn't a big fan of watersports until my dd took them up, and now I love them (although I wouldnt want to do them myself, lol!)

February 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Kristen- I have never seen Man of La Mancha, but I really want to!
Rick- The shy girl behind the water glass does not wish to be photographed. So that's all we get, a little glimpse.
Sarah- I have always loved ballet but the more I learn about it, the more passionate I am about it. The performance yesterday moved me to tears. What's funny is that I have also payed more attention to water sports since your daughter became involved and you started writing about it. My appreciation for what she does has grown with my learning. It's an impressive sport.

February 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

I am coming here to comment about something on flickr, as for some reason I couldn't leave a comment there ... I was browsing pictures from my contacts, and saw one which made me pause. "Gosh that looks like Dawn," I thought to myself. "I should send the link to her so she can be amazed also." And then I realised, it *was* a photo of you! It's so very beautiful. Your husband must be awfully proud to have you as his wife :-)

February 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Thank you Sarah. : )

February 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdawn

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