Earlier this month Don Quixote premiered on stage in Edmonton with great flare at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium. What a fantastic piece to showcase the best of the Alberta Ballet and to start the season at a high point. There were so many fantastic moments in this classic production.
This riveting ballet is a story about the fight for love, with a dash of humor. Thoroughly entertaining, the Alberta Ballet put on a great opening production. Don Quixote tells of a tale of a Lord, in his old age, seeking his beloved Dulcinea. Going into town he encounters the love story of Kitri and Basilio. However, Kitri’s father Lorenzo, is against Kitri’s and Basilio’s relationship. Seeing their relationship in peril, Don Quixote helps and demonstrates to Lorenzo that Kitri and Basilio’s love is real, and in the end Kitri and Basilio are wedded.
Hayna Gutierrez who had the lead role of Kitri impressed. Her performance was not only technically strong, but also elegant. Her dance carried the production and I can’t wait to see her in more lead roles. I hope to see her in roles in future productions of Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty and Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet.
Jaciel Gomez also had a wonderful performance. Just in a couple short months he has improved in leaps and bounds. His confidence in portraying Basilio brought the production to life. The chemistry between Jaciel and Hayna worked wonderfully in the roles of Basilio and Kitri.
There was also a surprise appearance by Artistic Director Jean Grande-Maitre as Don Quixote. Even though it was his first performance in a couple decades, he brought laughter to us all, playing the perfect character.
Alberta Ballet has come very far, even from a year ago. Vast improvements and growth is what you expect from the second largest ballet company in the country, and they delivered in this opening performance. I am excited to see upcoming performances.
On November 7 and 8, Alberta Ballet hits the Northern Jubilee Stage with another company preimiere—The Three Musketeers. Tickets can be found here. Don’t miss this highly acclaimed ballet which also features live accompaniment from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.