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National Ballet of Cuba Presents Don Quixote: Review

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 — 2:56pm PDT
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The National Ballet of Cuba Presents Don Quixote in Vancouver starting tomorrow and running until Saturday night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Photos courtesy of the National Ballet of Cuba. Vancouver Dates: February 16, 17, and 18, 2012.

According to organizers, “The production was to be the last for Vancouver impresario David YH Lui, who very sadly passed away in September while working on the project, leaving his business partner Brent to carry on without him. Brent is now Vancouver’s newest impresario.”

Choreographed by Alicia Alonso, from the original work by Marius Petipa, members of the company have recently been dubbed some of the best in the world. Featuring the music of Ludwig Minkus, the score will be played by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, which I have had the pleasure of hearing during several of the VO’s productions. This legendary tale promises not to disappoint and I will also have a guest contributor provide a full review.

Tickets are available online for $47 to $97 and I have a coveted pair of tickets to opening night tomorrow as well. Here’s how you can enter to win my opening night tickets:

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RT to enter to win tickets for the National Ballet of Cuba’s Don Quixote from @Miss604

Since opening night is tomorrow, this is a quick giveaway. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am tomorrow morning, February 16, 2012. The winner will need to confirm their attendance by 12:00pm (following email notification) otherwise another winner will be declared. Update The winner is @StreetStyleStef!

Update I was fortunate enough to send someone to review this ballet who has been passionate about the medium for her entire life. The following review was written, and contributed exclusively to Miss604, by Kelli Smith.

Opening Night Review “I was beyond excited to have the chance to see the National Ballet of Cuba tonight, and not only were Vancourites honoured enough to watch this world renowned classical ballet company, but we watched them preform the epic Don Quixote.

Don Quixote is an old tale, and showcases many pieces of highly challenging classical ballet choreography. Ballet Nacional de Cuba were wonderful at bringing their energy and cultural representation to this performance.

The dancing left me breathless at times, and I was literally almost brought to tears with Kitri’s magnificent solo’s and duets with Basilio in the third act. I was nearly on the edge of my seat at one point, leaning forward in anticipation and to more clearly see the astonishing talent.

You could feel the excitement in the crowd as soon as the orchestra started. By the end there were standing ovations DURING the performance (which I have never seen before at any ballet). The strength, fluidity, softness and gracefulness of the National Ballet of Cuba was truly amazing.

I truly believe it makes the experience, the closer you are, being able to see the expressions on the Corps de Ballet, as well as the effortless leg work of the Soloists. Definitely worth the price of the best seats in the house!”

Disclosure: Review
I was not paid to write this post or any other. The review is based on the opening night performance for which had complimentary media tickets.


  1. SW says:

    This would be an awesome prize!

  2. David says:

    Would love to take my sister who loves ballet!

  3. brittany says:

    Love the ballet!

  4. Harj says:

    Hope I win:)

  5. Julie says:

    Excellent prize! I’d love to go!

  6. Natalie says:

    Would love this! Thanks!!

  7. Nicole says:

    Looks like a wonderful production!

  8. Gisella says:

    Haven’t been to the ballet in decades…would love to go again.

  9. Jayne says:

    Please pick me! I just went to Cuba and loved it!!!

  10. Nic T says:

    Would love to see the ballet!

  11. Michael H says:

    would love to see this!!

  12. rick says:

    my girlfiend loves the ballet and id like to see how it is in person

  13. Sanaz says:

    I would love to see this ballet

  14. Rhiann says:

    This looks so awesome!

  15. Marika says:

    Very excited over the possibility of seeing this extraordinary ballet!

  16. Karen says:

    Always wanted to see this music in the form of ballet, my childhood love!

  17. steph says:

    Love, Love, Love the ballet Thanks

  18. Jennifer says:

    I would love to go to the ballet!

  19. Lauren says:

    Would love to go to see this performance.

  20. luc says:

    I want to dance all night!

  21. mandy sandhu says:

    Fingers crossed for me as Im a bit low on luck this yr, and really need a night out !I hope I win ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Sharylin says:

    I’d love to take our friend from the east coast to see this!

  23. Mary says:

    Would love to see the performance! Read the book it’s one of my favourites.

  24. Linda C. says:

    Would love to go see this….!

  25. lor says:

    wow – would love to see this!!!!

  26. Kevin G. says:

    I’ll love to take my gf to see this.

  27. Wesley says:

    Seems like a great experience!

  28. Tiffany says:

    I’m a fourth year English literature major and I studied Don Quixote last year! I’d love to win tickets to see the ballet! I even emailed my prof about this production…

  29. Shelley says:

    I really want to see this ballet, as I have never been to one before.

  30. I’ve seen a ballet once before and absolutely loved it. Thanks for the chance to win tickets!

  31. mike l says:

    Good luck everyone.

  32. linda says:

    never been to the ballet. This would be a nice way.

  33. Linda says:

    I haven’t been to an Opera for a while and would love to go.

  34. Ka C says:

    I have never been to a ballet this nice in Vancouver. I would love to win a pair.

  35. Colin says:

    My wife would love to!

  36. Elspeth says:

    I’d love to win – got a big anniversary on the horizon. Am tweeting as well.

  37. Larissa R says:

    Oh, I would love to go to this – I haven’t been to the ballet in years!

  38. Jen says:

    I am in love with ballet and thanks Miss604!

  39. Jennifer says:

    I have never been to a live ballet show before, this would be a real treat!

  40. Roxanne T says:

    What a great tribute to David Lui!

  41. Maryanne says:

    yes please! It would be so wonderful to go.

  42. Mark G. says:

    I want these please!

  43. rino says:

    Would be awesome!

  44. tania says:

    So beautiful!

  45. Samira says:

    I would LOVE to see this ballet ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. David says:

    Would love to go, =D

  47. Phy says:

    I love ballet!

  48. Christine says:

    I love the ballet and Don Quixote so this would be a great time!

  49. Lumen Photo says:

    a really great company of dancers!

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