Don Quixote

Event has passed (Fri Jan 25, 2019 - Sun Feb 3, 2019)
War Memorial Opera House
Dance (performance), Theater / Performance Arts


With sparkling wit, exuberant characters, and show-stopping dancing, Don Quixote is the stylish rom-com of classical ballet—and an audience favorite. Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, with set and costumes designed by Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz, features a lively cast of characters from Miguel de Cervantes’ novel—and some of ballet’s most technically demanding dances.

Set to music by Ludwig Minkus, Gorsky and Petipa’s choreography infuses Spanish-inspired elements—like port de bras borrowed from Flamenco—into classical ballet. Minkus’ music follows suit, and guitars and tambourines pepper the orchestral score. Don Quixote also includes one of the most well-known dances in the repertory: the Act III pas de deux between lovers Kitri and Basilio, as well as the famed “Kitri jump,” a kick which propels the dancer’s foot close to her head. With 152 roles and 40 children spanning two casts, Don Quixote is a spectacle for all ages.

Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Choreographers: Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa
Staging and additional Choreography: Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov

Runtimes: 2 hours and 35 minutes with two intermissions

Ancillary events are also scheduled, including:

A Ballet Talk about Don Quixote’s character dancers on January 26 at 5:00 pm

A Ballet Book Club on February 2 at 5:00 pm.

Meet the Artist pre-performance interviews occur on January 25 at 7:00 pm, January 27 at 1:00 pm, February 1 at 7:00 pm, and February 3 at 1:00 pm.

Don Quixote’s Pointes of View lecture with Helgi Tomasson and dance educator Mary Wood is January 30 at 6:00 pm.


  1. War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA