‘Don Quixote’: Tupelo Ballet presents classic show

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

One of the most beloved ballets, “Don Quixote,” will be presented in Tupelo next week for the first time ever.
The dancers of the Tupelo Ballet, along with a few guests artists, will be telling the story of Don Quixote, Kitri and mythical creatures like Dryads, gnomes and fairies.
“The show itself is very intricate, because it’s really four different scenes, which means there will be lots of sets and lots of costumes,” said Tupelo Ballet director Sharon Long. “There’s a lot of Spanish-type music, it has a dream sequence with the Dryads, these ghost-like creatures. We have gypsies, flower girls, Spanish dancers, tambourines – and we bought a whole lot of new costumes.”
“Don Quixote” is kind of like a romantic comedy, but told in a ballet.
“It’s a romantic ballet, but it’s also very humorous,” Long said. “It’s kind of a tale of chivalry. It’s based on the (Miguel de) Cervantes novel, but it’s a little bit different. Nobody dies in it, but there are a bunch of characters who fight over the leading lady. It’s really a fun ballet, fun for all ages.”
Two dancers from Ballet West and one from Pacific Northwest Ballet join a cast of local ballet dancers for the production. The choreography in “Don Quixote” is based on Marius Petipa‘s original choreography from the show’s first production in Russia in 1869, and from Baryshnikov’s production in 1980.
“The girls have never done a whole lot of Spanish dancing,” Long said. “They’ve never played gypsies before, and a lot of it is pointe work. They’re en pointe the whole time during the dream sequence.”
“Don Quixote” closes out Tupelo Ballet’s season, but this winter it will prepare for its 30th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

On Pointe
WHAT: Tupelo Ballet presents “Don Quixote”

WHEN: 2 p.m. March 31

WHERE: Tupelo Civic Auditorium

COST: $15-30, with reserved seating available

INFO: (662) 844-1928