Dancers shine in Ballet San Antonio’s ‘Don Quixote’

October 17, 2016 - 3:00pm

The ballet “Don Quixote” is not really about Cervantes’s deluded knight errant, but it’s a classic of the ballet repertoire and for a good reason. It’s a non-stop dancing feast, colorful, vibrant, sprinkled with humor and stellar moments.

Ballet San Antonio’s first ever “Don Quixote,” which opened Friday night at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, delivered all of that and then some.

Choreographed by Ballet San Antonio’s artistic director Willy Shives “after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky” - two Russian dance-makers from the imperial era - the show moves forward at a nice pace through a series of scenes — including a Gypsy camp where the lovers hide for a while, a dream sequence and a merry tavern gathering — ending with wedding festivities.

All the dancers rose to the occasion Friday night. Marko Micov as the attractive matador Espada and Kathleen Martin as his supple and elegant partner Mercedes shone on several occasions — in a dance with a cape that he swirled around like a magician, and later in the tavern when Martin showed her exceptional flexibility and stage presence.   Bravo to Ballet San Antonio!

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