Don Quixote

Ruffled skirts swirling, toreadors strutting, street dancers cavorting, and so much more in this unforgettable, fully–staged production. With its maddeningly hummable Minkus score, Don Quixote is filled with endless delights, sparkling wit, and show–stopping dancing in this stylish rom­–com. It's classical dancing at its most exquisite—and demanding. The leaps! The balances! The bravura!


don't miss $45 dress circle seats for march 5, 8 pm only.

Feb 26–Mar 06, 2022


Ludwig Minkus


Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa

Staging and Additional Choreography

Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov

Run time: 2:40 with two 20-min intermissions



Casting and run times subject to change.




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Don Quixote

Scenic and Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Associate Scenic Designer: Arnulfo Maldonado
Associate Costume Designer: Heather Lockard
Author of Don Quixote: Miguel de Cervantes

World Premiere (Original Petipa production): December 26, 1869—Imperial Ballet, Bolshoi Theatre; Moscow, Russia

World Premiere (Gorsky production): December 6, 1900—Imperial Ballet, Bolshoi Theatre; Moscow, Russia

World Premiere (Tomasson/Possokhov staging): March 14, 2003—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Music: Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus. Additional music: Act I, Overture: Galop from La Source Act I by L. Delibes, with introduction by Patrick Flynn. No. 17, "Basilio's Variation" is "Ole de la Curra" by A. S. Arista, orchestrated by Patrick Flynn. Act II, No. 21a, additional material in opening ensemble by Patrick Flynn; No. 23, "Kitri & Basilio" is "Three Spanish Women" by V. P. Soloviev-Sedoi; No. 30, Queen of the Dryads Variation: "Souvenir du Bal" by A. Simon; No. 31, "Cupid's Variation" from Paquita by L. Minkus; No. 32, "Kitri's Variation" by R. Drigo. Act III, No. 48, "Fandango" by Eduard Napravnik; No. 51, Finale: Galop from La Source Act I by L. Delibes, with introduction by Patrick Flynn. Assistant Costume Designer: Shawn McCulloch; Assistant Interns to Martin Pakledinaz: Hannah Kittel, Guilia Cauti, Laura Ortiz. Costumes constructed by: Carelli Costumes Inc. New York, NY; Krostyne Studio Pittsburgh, PA; Parsons-Meares Ltd., New York, NY; Tricorne Inc. New York, NY; Driad tutus by Yoshi Terashima London, England; Masks, Millinery and Head Dressing by Carelli Costumes Inc. New York, NY; Karen Eifert New York, NY; Rodney Gordon New York, NY; Arnold S. Levine, Inc. Theatrical Millinery and Crafts New York, NY; Lynne Mackey Studio New York, NY; Don Quixote Armor by Costume Armour New York, NY; Painting and distressing by Jeff Fender Studio Inc. Brooklyn, NY; Fabric Dyeing by Eric Winterling Inc. New York, NY; Kimtex Fabric Services New York, NY; Lisa Sacaris Houston, TX; Jewelry by Franklin Labovitz Washington, D.C.; Boots by Hiatt Dance Boots Salt Lake City, UT; Pluma Portland, OR. Scenic construction and painting by San Francisco Ballet Carpentry and Scenic Departments. Horses courtesy of Prince Horse Rental.

The 2012 production of Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote was made possible by New Productions Fund Lead Sponsors Mrs. Jeannik Méquet Littlefield, and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Osterweis; Major Sponsors Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, and Larry and Joyce Stupski; and Sponsors Richard C. Barker, Christine H. Russell Fund of the Columbia Foundation, Suzy Kellems Dominik, Stephanie Barlage Ejabat, Gaia Fund, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Cecilia and Jim Herbert, and Diane B. Wilsey.