I feel very lucky that my parents opened my eyes to the wonders of the theater and ballet when I was young. I remember being taken to many ballet shows, being awed by the strength and gracefulness of the dancers’ bodies, which made me want to steal my big sister’s leotard and tutu, and pretend like I was a ballerina much to the dismay and horror of my siblings because I have two left feet and absolutely no graceful bone in my body haha!
I’ve already accepted long ago that I am not blessed with the dancing talent – I leave it to the pros – but that doesn’t mean that my fascination has dwindled. That’s why when Shayne from Queen Of All You See invited me to watch Don Quixote with her, I immediately said yes! I’ve never seen Don Quixote before, so I was quite excited. The story revolves around Don Quixote’s adventures – a man who loses his sanity and sets out to revive chivalry, fix wrongs and bring justice to the world; and the two young lovers Kitri, a young Spanish lady who runs away to be with the love of her live and Basilio, a charming barber who is playful, confident and brave.
We were able to catch the last performance with Jasmine Pia Dames taking on the role of Kitri (which was Lisa Macula’s signature role, btw), and Gerardo Francisco played Basilio. I loved their chemistry, and I was very impressed (the mouth-gaping-open kind haha) whenever Jasmine Pia Dames did her never-ending twirl!
My favorite part of the whole performance was when Kitri and Basilio met with a group of gypsies. I don’t know why but that was the most exciting part for me – perhaps because, as one of my best friends always says, it’s possible that I was a gypsy in my former life haha!
I heard that it is one of the hardest pieces to perform, and Ballet Manila did such an amazing job! It is always fascinating to me how ballet dancers are able to control their bodies (and their minds) to dance the way they do – graceful, precise and just all around WOW. I could certainly feel the energy of the dancers on stage and I loved the colors, the costumes – I loved every minute of it! Act Two’s costumes appealed to the magpie in me – oh so shiny and pretty!
I’m very happy I had the chance to watch Ballet Manila’s Don Quixote, which was the closing act of their 21st performance season, Revenge of the Classics. I believe their next performance season is in August and I am definitely going to watch out for that because I also want to introduce my nephew to the wonderful world of ballet – we’ve already introduced him to theater via Les Mis and Wicked, so it’s high time he is introduced to ballet as well!
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