Having received free tickets from my ballerina friend, Katie, I, along with four of my teaching friends, headed to the National Theater to see a production of Don Quixote.
The ballet, based on the book, Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes and most famously choreographed by Marius Petipa, was performed last night in Prishtina by the National Ballet of Kosovo. The story includes themes of ancient rivalry, adventure seeking, forbidden love, and happily ever-afters. And Prishtina director, Ahmet Brahimaj, along with guest choreographer, Israel Rodriguez, conveyed the original story in a condensed one-Act-form allowing the show to be completed in exactly one hour.
The short but sweet performance was full of Spanish styled costumes and cultural references including flamenco dresses, matador vests, and cordobes, and the reds and golds decorating the stage set the romantic tone of the original story.
By far, the best scene was the last -- a pas de deux wedding dance. The Kosovo dancers conveyed the passion of the main characters well and received a standing ovation from the crowd.