Alberta Ballet Presentation: Giselle: Review

Giselle ran in Edmonton March 9-11, and in Calgary March 16-18, 24 & 25.

Still looking for a date night activity this weekend in Calgary ?

Drop everything and head out to see Giselle!

Alberta Ballet presentation of Giselle

The Alberta Ballet signature performances continually dazzle and entrance audiences. Giselle, is captivating from start to finish.

World-class dancers bring new life to the classic, century old ghostly-love story. Anderson presents the beloved tale with modern personality and flair.

Each act successfully delivers a different energy. In the first, we are dazzled with introductions and dig deep into the story of young Giselle and her timid affliction. Act two, is much darker and surreal.

This otherworldly romance is a pleasure to watch unfold upon the stage. With fluid, seamless movements – we are kept in awe the entirety of the show.

This is one not to miss.

The gold star of the current season, we couldn’t be more smitten. This one oozes gothic romance and adoration.

Premiering for the first time in 1841, Giselle is the ghostly story of a girl who is mortally heartbroken after being betrayed by her lover, and turns to the Wilis, the ghosts of scorned women, for revenge.

Anderson says Alberta Ballet’s version is inspired by the great historic performances that makes Giselle the most famous ballet of the romantic era – versions by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa and Levi Ivanov.

“Our approach to Giselle is inspired by some of the great performances from the early to mid-1900s. These years saw some of the most profound ballerinas dance Giselle, and those performances are where I feel the heart of this story lives,” Anderson said.

Featuring music by Adolphe Adam and sets and costumes by Peter Farmer, Giselle is the perfect spring production. This work takes its place next to Anderson’s successful productions of the classics like Swan Lake, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty.

Dancer Alexandra Hughes is excited to bring life to five different roles in Giselle over the course of the production. She dances the parts of Giselle, Myrtha, Zulma, Peasant Pas, and Berthe- Giselle’s mother. “With each role, I approach the characterization differently,” she said. “I’m so excited for Alberta audiences to see this production. I think they will really enjoy it, no matter how many ballets they’ve seen in the past.”

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