Based on one of the most influential works of modern literature, Don Quixote was the grand spectacle of a ballet that Stephen Mills premiered during Ballet Austin's debut its first performance at the Long Center in May 2008. The grand story of the famed dreamer from La Mancha was written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547–1616) and published in two volumes in 1605 and 1614 respectively, Don Quixote is both a comic novel and a philosophical work of social commentary centering on the theme of deception. Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age, and was written as a satire of the romances of chivalry, and to challenge the popularity of a form of literature, which had been a fad with the general public for over a century.
The story features the adventures of Alonso Quixano, a 50ish retired country gentleman, who has read so many stories of chivalry that he descends into fantasy and becomes convinced he is a knight errant. He dons an old suit of armor, improvises a makeshift helmet, and designates a neighboring farm girl, Aldonza Lorenzo, as his ladylove, renaming her Dulcinea del Toboso. Together with his earthy squire Sancho Panza, the self-styled "Don Quixote de la Mancha" sets off on a series of famous adventures.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills | MUSIC: Leon Minkus