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Royal New Zealand Ballet: Giselle

The national company is offering free broadcasts of this quintessential romantic ballet.
By Stephen Heard
May 20, 2020
By Stephen Heard
May 20, 2020

Under New Zealand's COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the Royal New Zealand Ballet has been broadcasting striking live performance to living rooms across the country. Up next: the greatest of all romantic ballets.

Giselle is a roller coaster romance, a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death. In a remote village, the beautiful and innocent Giselle falls madly in love with a duke in disguise. When he is revealed as Count Albrecht, Giselle, broken hearted, descends into madness and death. In a forest, the Wilis (ethereal ghosts of jilted girls) meet to greet their recently arrived sister, who rises from her grave to join their ranks. When Albrecht arrives to mourn, she must forgive her lover and save him from death.

RNZB first performed Giselle in 2012 with production from former Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel and internationally acclaimed dancer Johan Kobborg. Principal guest artist and star of American Ballet Theatre Gillian Murphy dances the role of Giselle.

The production will be broadcast three times over the weekend: Friday, 22 May at 7.30pm, Saturday, 23 May at 1.30pm and Sunday, 24 May at 10.30am.

Image: Bill Cooper.


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