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Vanessa Lawson on Giselle

A tale of betrayal, death and ghostly revenge will bewitch ballet goers from March 7th to 11th, 2012 when Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet transports audiences on an unearthly journey where classical ballet meets the supernatural. Eagerly awaited by audiences for a decade, Giselle returns to the Centennial Concert Hall with a newly refurbished set and costumes to create a haunting experience for longtime ballet fans and newcomers alike.

Choreographed by Peter Wright, this romantic-style ‘ballet blanc,’ which premiered at the Paris Opera Ballet in 1841, tells the story of a young peasant girl’s love for a nobleman and her ultimate betrayal at his hands. Giselle’s heartbreak and despair lead to her tragic demise, but she and the Wilis, the spirits of other jilted lovers, seek their revenge from beyond the grave as irresistible spirits of a deathly dance.

Principal Dancer Vanessa Lawson is thrilled to be revising her role as Giselle after a decade. Giselle was Lawson’s break-out role 10 years ago and since then she has taken the ballet world by storm. She returns to this defining role after recovering from a lengthy injury and this time round Lawson brings a greater wealth of artistic and life experiences to the role.

In the following interview Lawson talks about what it takes to dance this demanding role and how she will bring something different to it this time around. “Now to do it 10 years later, with all the experiences I have had in dance, and life as well, will bring an entirely different side to it,” said Lawson.

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