Don Quixote dances to life at the Pennsylvania Ballet this spring.
Dancer Arian Molina Soca is on tilt as Don Quixote.
Choreographed by Artistic Director Angel Corella, who visited his native Spain to prepare, the Pennslyvania Ballet’s production of Don Quixote brings comic stylings and authentic dances from Corella’s home country to Philadelphia this season. Echoing Quixote’s quest for purpose and beauty, Corella says, “Much of my life has been about trying to bring people joy. I absolutely loved dancing, and I always tried to have the audience feel the same joy that I had. Now as a director I am trying to instill that passion in our dancers. It is wonderful to watch as these dancers bring their audience so much joy.” One of literature’s greatest enduring tales, Don Quixote may have been written more than 400 years ago, but its themes still resonate today. After all, Corella, says, “Chivalry is still alive. Maybe we don’t see big gestures as much anymore, but just look at the people that helped their neighbors shovel snow this winter—that’s chivalrous isn’t it?” March 3–13 at the Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., 215- 893-1999