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5/14/2012 8:05:00 AM
Ballet in HD: Film Festival hosts Don Quixote on the big screen May 20
Dutch National Ballet Company performance in Amsterdam debuts at Mary D. Fisher Theatre
“Don Quixote” — Captured live at the Amsterdam Music Theatre featuring the Dutch National Ballet — will come to Sedona on Sunday, May 20 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival. There will be two shows at 1 and 4 p.m.
“Don Quixote” — Captured live at the Amsterdam Music Theatre featuring the Dutch National Ballet — will come to Sedona on Sunday, May 20 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival. There will be two shows at 1 and 4 p.m.

Ballet comes to Sedona on Sunday, May 20 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of Ludwig Minkus' "Don Quixote" featuring the Dutch National Ballet Company. There will be two shows at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the festival's Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

"Think of it as getting fifth row orchestra seats to the best ballets in the world, right here in Sedona," said festival board chair Judy Maloney. "We are excited to bring a dazzling cultural event of this caliber to our city and our patrons."

Captured live at the Amsterdam Music Theatre, this Dutch National Ballet production of "Don Quixote" has been created exclusively for the company by leading Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.

"Don Quixote" - an audience favorite of prestigious companies worldwide - is a dazzling display of high spirits, virtuosity and Spanish temperament. The flamboyant leaps, dizzying pirouettes and crisp pointe work that are standard features of the production give the performers every opportunity to show off their technical prowess. But at the same time, the comic story based on Cervantes' masterpiece makes strong demands on the dancers' acting abilities.

The leading Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has drawn inspiration for his production from the libretto of the first version of "Don Quixote" by Marius Petipa, created in 1869. The former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and Artist in Residence of the American Ballet Theatre now has also added his own new elements and choreography to the ballet. The modern designs for the ballet, by the renowned French designer Jérôme Kaplan, refer to the times of Cervantes.

"Let the grace and elegance of ballet whisk you away!" said festival events coordinator and board member Beverly Hurff. "To see this presented in HD is as if you were right there in the theatre at the performance ... with the best seats in the house!"

"Don Quixote" will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on one day only: Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.


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