Closing The Sarasota Ballet’s Season is one of the great full-length romantic classics Giselle, opening 26 April 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House and accompanied by a full orchestra. Sir Peter Wright’s production is considered by many to be the greatest and most faithful production of this great work, originally choreographed by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli for the legendary Paris Opera Ballet. The crowning achievement of the romantic ballet era and an enduringly central part of the ballet repertoire, Giselle perfectly exemplifies how this art form is a living tradition, taught, preserved, adapted, and handed down from generation to generation. The ballet tells the story of Count Albrecht who in disguise as a peasant romances a young, sensitive and frail village girl, Giselle, who falls completely in love with him and in turn rejects her jealous admirer Hilarion. Her mother and Hilarion raise concerns over Albrecht, as well as over Giselle’s delicately balanced emotions and health. Their fears are justified with the arrival of an aristocratic hunting party including Bathilde, the Count’s beautiful Fiancée. Despairing and overwrought at this revelation, Giselle descends into madness and dies. Act Two takes place near Giselle’s forest grave, haunted by the Wilis, the spirits of young girls who were betrayed before their wedding day, and their Queen, Myrtha. They exact revenge on any man who enters the forest by making their victims dance to their death. Both of Giselle’s suitors visit her grave but it is only Albrecht who is saved from death by the spirit of Giselle, the power of her love and the coming dawn.
The Sarasota Orchestra will accompany this performance, conducted by Royal Ballet Principal Guest Conductor Barry Wordsworth.
Production by Sir Peter Wright
Original Choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli
Music by Adolphe Adam
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