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Russian National Ballet Putting on their Dancing Shoes

May 4, 2017

Don Quixote

Season Finale: Don Quixote, featuring the Russian National Ballet, will wrap up another year of spectacular productions in the Hatfield Hall Theater.

The Russian National Ballet will bring some of the world’s best classical dance talent to the Hatfield Hall Theater on Friday, with the dancers telling the fabled story of Don Quixote in the season finale of the Performing Arts Series mainstage programs.

“This is the first time we have hosted a performance of Don Quixote,” says Dan Tryon, Hatfield Hall’s director of performing arts. “This ballet, much like the story, is a careful balance of bravery and comic relief.”

The full-length ballet, based on the classic novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, features music by Leon Minkus, libretto and choreography by Marius Petipa, colorful costumes and engaging set design.

Over the course of three acts, the audience follows the adventures and antics of nobleman-turned-knight Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza.

The Russian National Ballet, founded in Moscow in the late 1980s, has infused the country’s rich classical dance traditions with contemporary dance elements from around the world. The company is led by artistic director Elena Radchenko and includes 50 highly trained dancers, several of whom have been with the group since its founding.

The group is on a four-month coast-to-coast U.S. tour, performing such classics as Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, in addition to Don Quixote.

Tickets for Friday night’s 7:30 p.m. show are $35 for adults and $29 for youths. Tickets are available online at hatfieldhall.com, by phone at 812-877-8544, or at the Hatfield Hall ticket desk Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 90 minutes before the show. Tickets and complete show information also are available at hatfieldhall.com.