Classic Ballet Meets the Supernatural
March 7-11, 2012
Curtain 7:30pm | Sunday Matinee Curtain 2:00pm
choreography Peter Wright, after Jules Perrot, Jean Coralli & Marius Petipa
music Adolphe Adam
scenario Théophile Gautier & Henri Vernoyde Saint-Georges
scenic & costume design Peter Farmer
lighting design Nicholas Cernovitch
with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
“Joy, innocence, betrayal, death and salvation are conveyed in floating or vital images which are always beautiful, and often tremulously fragile.” -- The Edmonton Sun, 1995
Long considered one of the most beautiful and haunting of all classical ballets, the full-length masterpiece Giselle returns after more than a decade’s absence. This timeless work will have a fresh face with elegant, lush new sets and costumes and RWB’s thrilling dance virtuosity.
Set in the twilight spirit world of the Wilis, the German legend 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 other jilted village girls seek their revenge from beyond the grave as irresistible spirits of a deathly dance.