Don Quixote

Performance Details

  • When June 2–12, 2022
  • Where Lyric Opera House
  • Choreography Yuri Possokhov
  • Music Ludwig Minkus
  • Run Time 2 Hours 13 Minutes

A family-friendly ballet full of bravery, fantasy, and love, Yuri Possokhov’s fresh interpretation of this revered ballet classic centers on Don Quixote, an aging and eccentric nobleman, who imagines himself to be a valiant knight. With his trusted sidekick Sancho Panza in tow, Quixote embarks on a humorous and fateful journey, ready to breathe life into a world where windmills become monsters and adventure awaits beyond the horizon.

Praise for Don Quixote

“… an ideal showcase for the company’s superb dancers”

WTTW Chicago Read the Review

“… delivers abundant spectacle and high-voltage dancing while simultaneously conveying the core of Don Quixote’s heartwarming and timeless story”

Chicago Sun-Times Read the Review

“… the Joffrey was collectively committed to a heroically maximal rendition of fantastic, frothy fun”

Chicago Reader Read the Review

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A Ballet Classic Returns to the Joffrey

Considered an all-time ballet classic, Don Quixote highlights the extensive technique of its performers. Pictured: Joffrey Artist Amanda Assucena as Kitri. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.
Kitri, the innkeeper’s daughter, finds love in the arms of the barber Basilio. Pictured: Joffrey Artists Alberto Velazquez and Amanda Assucena in the lead roles. Photo by Todd Rosenberg. 

About the Artists

Yuri Possokhov

Possokhov’s extensive repertoire for The Joffrey Ballet includes the blockbuster world premiere of Anna Karenina in 2019.

Ludwig Minkus

Minkus is responsible for some of the most successful ballet scores ever produced, many of which are still performed today, including Don Quixote.



Presenting Sponsors

  • Margot and Josef Lakonishok
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joel V. Williamson

Major Sponsors

  • Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark
  • Poetry Foundation
  • ITW


  • Colleen Loughlin and John Sirek