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Don Quixote.

Don Quixote, the season finale for American Ballet Theatre (Metropolitan Opera House, April 24-June 17, 1995) was given a sparkling new lease on life by fresh staging and extraordinary dancing, emblematic of the ensemble's appearances this year. In spite of the Minkus score and sections of choreography by Marius Petipa, this grand old warhouse can seem antiquated. Not so with ABT's production, conceived by the troupe's artistic director Kevin McKenzie, and Susan Jones.

Best of all were the glorious performances by a star-filled cast. Paloma Herrera and Julio Bocca were technically ravishing as the young lovers, Kitri and Basil. Their flights were anchored by the sensitive acting of Victor Barbee, as the gentle don, and Terry Orr as his irrepressible sidekick. Christine Dunham was a seductive Mercedes to Maxim Belotserkovsky's brash, arrogant matador. Such first-class dancers as Shawn Black and Sandra Brown danced the Flower Girls, Julie Kent portrayed the Queen of the Dryads, and Ashley Tuttle appeared as Amour. In the second-act Gypsy cameo, Kathleen Moore and Angel Corella sent sparks across the footlights. Passion was rightly viewed by McKenzie as the engine for Don Quixote, and his spectacular opening cast delivered with maximum force.
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Title Annotation:American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera House, New York, New York
Author:Hardy, Camille
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Dance Review
Date:Oct 1, 1995
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