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Don Quixote

Heeley sketch

Don Quixote costume sketch by Desmond Heeley (1984). 

Artistic Director Erik Bruhn commissioned Desmond Heeley to breathe new life into Don Quixote through the creation of new sets and costumes. The production premiered on November 6, 1985 at Toronto’s O’Keefe Centre and again featured Charles Kirby as Don Quixote alongside American Ballet Theatre’s Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones in the roles of Kitri and Basilio. The pairing of these special Guest Artists was hailed by the press as “a partnership made in heaven”.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.