Russian National Ballet performs Giselle
March 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$18 – $45
Direct from Moscow
RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET
Giselle – A full length ballet in two acts
Artistic Director: Elena Radchenko
ABOUT THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET:
The world-renowned Russian National Ballet was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union were exercising their newfound creative freedom by starting new companies that merged classical Russian ballet with modern dance developments from around the world. Led by legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko since 1994, the company upholds the grand national tradition of ballet while enlightening, inspiring, and entertaining audiences of all ages.
Giselle tells the story of a young peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover lied about his identity and is engaged to another woman. A group of vengeful spirits – called the Wilis – target the man for death, but the protagonist’s love and understanding from beyond the grave ultimately saves his life.
Giselle was first seen in Moscow in 1843, just two years after its creation in Paris, and a year after it was staged in St. Petersburg. The ballet’s history in Russia since that time has shown a continuous sequence of performances, with Jules Perrot – one of the great originators of the choreography – providing a basic text which has been illuminated by the care and genius of generations of ballerinas and producers. When Giselle was forgotten everywhere else in Europe – it was dropped from the Paris Opera repertory in 1868 – Russian dancers and ballet-masters preserved and honored it. The Russian National Ballet’s production maintains the Russian tradition of scrupulous production and loving concern for this gem of the Romantic ballet movement.
$45 General Public
$40 Faculty/Staff/Seniors (62+)/Alumni
10% Group Discount (10 or more)
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