The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami performs the ballet world’s Latin favorite, Marius Petipa's crackling, happily virtuoso comic ballet Don Quixote, this weekend. Starring will be two of Cuba’s best dancer exports, Lorena Feijoo (currently a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet) and Rolando Sarabia (a principal at Miami City Ballet), as sassy, rebellious Kitri and her lover Basil.
Despite the title, the famous errant knight and his sidekick Sancho Panzo are a peripheral part of what the ballet world calls Don Q, which centers on the story of how effervescent village belle Kitri evades marriage with the stogy nobleman Gamache so she can marry Basil, a barber. Along the way there are some wild gypsies, a fantastical dream sequence, a really silly death scene, and some of ballet’s sharpest, most joyfully virtuoso dancing for the wedding finale.
The CCBM is a small ensemble, but it turns out ardent, nicely finished performances, largely thanks to first rate teaching and coaching from former Cuban ballet coach Magaly Suarez. Director Pedro Pablo Pena’s loyalty to expatriate Cuban dancers, who often appear with CCBM before going on to better-known troupes, keeps them returning as guest stars with CCBM.
Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami in Don Quixote; 8 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets $28 to $65 at www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.