Russian National Ballet to Perform “Giselle” April 9th at Lyndon Institute
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 KingdomCounty.org.
“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 KingdomCounty.org, call 802-748-2600, or contact series producer Jay Craven (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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