The Joffrey performance marks the world premiere of Russian choreographer Yuri Possokhov's re-imagining of the story; Possokhov danced in "Don Quixote" during his time as a principal dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet. Though there is plenty of excellent dancing, we noticed immediately how the Joffrey's "Don Quixote" made extensive use of props, elaborate sets and animated images to help tell the wordless story.
Aided by the excellent Chicago Sinfonietta, the cumulative effect of the Joffrey's dancers performing on a gorgeously designed set was almost operatic in scale. The ballet, split into two acts, ran the gamut of humorous, touching, dramatic and at times even suspenseful. Those most familiar with the Cervantes story will find the ballet runs along much different plot lines, though Don Quixote and his squire Sancho are still the central figures, along with the lovers lovers Kitri and Basilio (who, in other versions of this ballet, take a more central role).