Rus­sian Na­tional Ballet to Per­form “Giselle” April 9th at Lyn­don In­sti­tute

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King­dom County Pro­duc­tions will present its sea­sonal dance high­light with the per­for­mance of the ro­man­tic ballet, “Giselle” by the Rus­sian Na­tional Ballet at 7pm, Thurs­day, April 9th at Lyn­don In­sti­tute Au­di­to­rium. Tick­ets are now on sale for this live per­for­mance—at Cata­mount Arts in St. Johnsbury or by call­ing (toll-free) 888-757-5559. On­line sales and in­for­ma­tion are avail­able at King­

“Giselle” is a French ballet per­formed in two acts. It tells the story of a peas­ant girl who meets a young noble­man, Duke Al­brecht of Sile­sia, who is dis­guised as a peas­ant, as he sows his last wild oats be­fore his pending mar­riage to the princess Bathilde. Al­brecht un­ex­pect­edly falls in love with the shy and beau­ti­ful Giselle. She knows noth­ing of his real life and when she dis­cov­ers the truth she flies into a mad fit of grief – and dies in Al­brecht’s arms. Later, at her grave, the Wilis’ ar­rive, con­vey­ing the spir­its of women jilted by their lovers at the al­tar. Led by their mer­ci­less queen, Myrtha, the Wilis’ seek re­venge on men they en­counter in the for­est, forc­ing them to dance un­til they ex­pire from ex­haus­tion. Af­ter the Wilis’ sum­mon Giselle from her rest­ing place, Al­brecht ar­rives at her grave, to weep and beg for­give­ness. The power of Giselle’s love stands as a foil to Myrtha, con­vey­ing a pow­er­ful and ro­man­tic cli­max to the ballet.

“Giselle” was first staged in Paris in 1841 and it was an im­me­di­ate fa­vorite with both au­di­ences and crit­ics. Dancers who have per­formed in “Giselle” con­sti­tute a “who’s who” of ballet: Ni­jin­sky, Nureyev, Barysh­nikov, Makarova, and many oth­ers.

Writ­ing about this en­dur­ing clas­si­cal ballet, the Wash­ing­ton Post said that, “In its chore­og­ra­phy and style of danc­ing, this Ro­man­tic-era ballet is soft and sim­ple. But there are plenty of dra­matic op­por­tu­ni­ties, though the way to achieve them is through sub­tlety and ex­treme sen­si­tiv­ity.”

For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion, go to King­, call 802-748-2600, or con­tact se­ries pro­ducer Jay Craven (jcraven@marl­

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