On April 19th, staff from the Redmond Reporter came to the studio to take photos and interview Michiko along with some of her students about the upcoming show of Sleeping Beauty.
Please come to our performance June 10th and 11th of Don Quixote at the Meydenbauer Theater June 10th and 11th at 7:00pm. Guest dancers Mr. La Yin as Basil, and Mr. Oleg Gorboulev dance with our students and our own Sabrina Schulbach as Kitri. Tickets can be purchased online through paypal or through phone orders to (425) 442-6520. Ticket price is $30. Click on the Don Quixote tab to reach ticket purchase information. Below is our write-up of the event:
The Ballet Don Quixote is based on characters from famous stories by Cervantes. Don Quixote is an aging nobleman who has spent his last decade and the remains of his family wealth on medieval romances. Unconscious of modern (year 1600) Spain outside his house, he dreams of becoming a knight errant. He assembles bits of dusty armor, mounts a broken-down horse, and rides into the country side. Sancho Panza, a simple, good-natured peasant, joins him for the adventure. Don Quixote on his horse with Sancho Panza on his burro is a familiar subject of graphic art (Picasso’s poster, Dore prints, paintings, statues,…). “Quixotic” has entered the English language, meaning nobly pursuing a hopeless cause. Similarly, “tilting at windmills” refers to Don Quixote charging with his lance at what he perceived as evil giants.
Act I, takes place in a Barcelona village, little more than a stopping point for muleteers, but well-staffed by local “maidens.” The innkeeper, Lorenzo, has a daughter Kitri, and she has a sweetheart, Basil. But Basil is poor barber, and the father prefers the wealthy Gamash. Don Quixote arrives, and espies the beauty of Kitri. Overwhelmed, he dedicates his knight-errantry to the innkeeper’s daughter. She finds him more amusing that the fop Gamash, and a pleasant example of manners for the exuberant Basil.
Act II, Kitri and Basil escape to the Gypsy countryside. Don Quixote also arrives there, and attacks a local windmill, under the impression he is defending Kitri from 4-armed giants. Concussed, he dreams of spirits, and of Kitri as the phantom Dulcinea of his most loved romance novel. The wanderers return to the village tavern where Lorenzo has been searching for his daughter Kitri. Basil fakes his own death as a way to trick Lorenzo into the marriage between him and Kitri. Don Quixote conspires to have his body married to Kitri, Basil revives, and a grand wedding celebration is planned.
Act III, Lorenzo finally agrees to the marriage of Kitri and Basil. The wedding celebration takes place in the village square. (The dance between Basil and Kitri is recognized as the most difficult repertoire in Ballet). At the last, Don Quixote wanders off toward future adventures.