Like mimes, air-violin solos, and semaphore greeting cards, ballet dancers communicate complex emotions through bodily movements. Decipher the messages of movement with today's Groupon to Ballet Arizona's Thursday, February 10 performance of Don Quixote at 7 p.m. Choose from three seating options:
- For $60, you get one gold-tier (main floor within the first 18 rows) ticket (a $121 value).
- For $34, you get one bronze-tier (second half of the main floor center or balcony) ticket (a $68 value)
- For $25, you get one section 2 (side sections of the second half of the main floor or balcony) ticket (a $49 value).
Tapping into the raw allure and evocative enthusiasm found in the human form, Ballet Arizona's terpsichorean trippers tell tales tall and tender during their sprightly performances. As the sympathetic songsters of the Phoenix Symphony arouse sibilant spirits with pizzicatos and the strokes of their bows, the company leaps spotlightward for Don Quixote, a retelling of Cervantes's timeless picaresque tale. Written by 19th-century composer Marius Pepita and adapted from the original 1869 Bolshoi performance, Don Quixote follows the exploits of the country squire and his trusty page as they sally thither and yon, entangling themselves in the madcap adventures, passionate emotions, and butterfly-net collections of those around them. Set amid the rustic villages and snack-laden tapas bushes of the Spanish countryside, Don Quixote enfolds Ballet Arizona company members into the artistic action with elaborate costumes, lively puppetry, and precision pirouettes.
Throughout the gamboling spectacle, spectators will drink in aural ambrosia from the sonorous interior of Phoenix's Symphony Hall. Illuminated by the delicate glow of hand-blown Venetian glass sculptures, the venue's grand lobby houses artistic installations, including Navajo-inspired tapestries guarded by the serene, amber-dipped bodies of past conductors.
- We should be grateful that our ballet company has so many first-rate dancers that we can field this many pairings in an evening and come away satisfied - even thrilled - by all of them. – Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
- It's AMAZING to me that a ballet company can go from startup to being a destination company is fewer than 20 years! But, BAZ did it in 15. – Charlie G., Yelp, 06/08/2008
As toes twinkle onstage, visitors can bask in the renovated scenery of Symphony Hall, which couples hand-blown glass chandeliers with a quartet of designer tapestries. One of the largest machine-made draperies known to man, the theater’s colorful Grand Drape symbolizes the renewal of generations, creativity, and library books discovered during fossil digs.
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