Olympic Ballet presents Giselle – A masterpiece of romantic ballets

Audiences will marvel at the splendid new costumes that are being especially hand-sewn
Mar 15, 2013
Photo by: Alante Photography

The Olympic Ballet Theatre closes its 32nd Performance Season with Giselle, considered ballet’s greatest romantic tragedy.

Popular since its Paris premiere in 1841, Giselle tells the story of a beautiful young peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after realizing she’s been deceived by a nobleman disguised as a peasant.

Made memorable by its famous “mad scene” which calls for great dramatic abilities of the title character, the ballet has been performed by company’s worldwide and is undoubtedly the most revered Romantic-era ballet.

Accompanying the hauntingly beautiful score by Adolphe Adam is powerful new staging by OBT Artistic Directors Oleg Gorboulev and Mara Vinson.

The Wilis-spirits of jilted maidens that rise from their graves have a more prominent presence in the second act.

Under the command of their queen, Myrtha, they take rapturous revenge on the ones that have broken their hearts by forcing them to dance until their deaths.

Luckily for Albrecht, the nobleman who deceived Giselle, her final gift of forgiveness saves him from the wrath of the Wilis and his life is spared.

OBT patrons will recognize Jennifer Safonovs, guest artist from The Nutcracker, who has been invited back to dance the role of Giselle.

Starring alongside her will be James Moore, newly promoted principal dancer of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

“James and I danced together in my last performance at PNB so it is great to have him be in our production at OBT,” notes Vinson.

Audiences will marvel at the splendid new costumes that are being especially hand-sewn for OBT’s restaging thanks to support from Edmonds’ Hazel Miller Foundation, Tulalip Tribes, the Everett Cultural Arts Commission and the generous OBT Patrons who donated to the costume fund.

With its cherished time-honored themes of true love and forgiveness, audiences never tire of this hauntingly beautiful 19th Century ballet.

OBT presents two performances of Giselle:  Sunday April 14, at 5 p.m. at the Everett Performing Arts Center; and Sunday April 21, at 5 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.olympicballet.com or by calling Olympic Ballet Theatre Box Office 425-774-7570, M-F 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


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