Timeless classic sure to enthral

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West Australian Ballet’s classic Don Quixote is coming to Albany Entertainment Centre this Saturday as part of the company’s 65th anniversary season.

It will mark the first time this version of the timeless piece has been to the Great Southern, though WAB has brought numerous productions to Albany since the company started in the 1950s.

Don Quixote is almost 150 years old and is known for its physical intensity and technically demanding choreography.

WAB executive director Jessica Machin said this ballet had something for everyone.

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“The unique aspect of Don Quixote is that it’s also theatrically demanding,” she said.

“Hopefully, the audience see something they haven’t seen before and enjoy the performance ... it is a ballet for all levels of ballet knowledge, so hopefully everyone can have a great night out.”

The ballet will bring extraordinary costumes and a tale of love that teaches the audience to pursue true love over what others might think is best.

Principal dancer Brooke Widdison-Jacobs has been a member of WAB for the past seven years and said the audience could expect an energy-filled show.

“Every show you perform is unique — Don Quixote requires strong classical technique, lots of energy and good characterisation as we all transform into the many different roles within the ballet,” she said.

Tickets are available to the two shows, at 2pm and 7.30pm, through the Albany Entertainment Centre box office or ticketek.com.au.

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