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In 1965, George Balanchine, the great Russian ballet master, staged Don Quixote with a starring role created specifically for his most beloved muse: Suzanne Farrell. Playing Dulcinea made Farrell a star, and, shortly after that performance, at only 20 years old, she became principal ballerina in the New York City Ballet. Balanchine’s interests, however, would become more than noble, and in 1969, because of her marriage to fellow dancer Paul Mejiaand Balanchine’s subsequent jealousyFarrell had to part ways with her mentor. She joined Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XXe Siècle in Belgium. Under Béjart, she grew artistically, learning the powers of drama and stage presence. Farrell returned to NYCB in 1974 and forged a lucrative creativebut not romanticpartnership with “Mr. B” that lasted until his death, in 1983. She continued with the company, under the direction of Jerome Robbins, until arthritis and hip surgery forced her to end her dancing career, in 1989. This evening, Kim Kokitch, dance critic for Ballet Review, talks with Farrell about her illustrious career and future plans at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. $15. (202) 639-1770. (Maori Karmael Holmes)