The WA Ballet get ready for the romantic ballet ‘Giselle’

The West Australian Ballet will restage the haunting and heartbreaking ballet, Giselle at His Majesty’s Theatre this September.

The 178 year-old ballet, which was seen by over 10,000 people in its 2014 season, will have a 14 show run as West Australian Ballet’s world-class dancers, many of whom have not yet performed Giselle in Perth.

The ballet is choreographed by Artistic Director Aurélien Scannella and Principal Ballet Mistress & Artistic Associate Sandy Delasalle, who have danced the production in Europe countless times. This production earned acclaimed reviews in 2014 with the New York Times labelling West Australian Ballet’s Giselle as ‘culture itself landing with perfect precision’.

Artistic Director Aurélien Scannella said this work is something he and Delasalle hold very close to their hearts.

“This production is incredibly close to both Sandy and my hearts,” says Scannella. “Not only did we dance this iconic work together many times, it was also the first production we choreographed for the people of WA”.

“This is classical ballet at its most beautiful and with our truly world-class dancers, ballet lovers and those not yet familiar with West Australian Ballet will enjoy this Romantic classic”.

For the first time in the Company’s 67 year history, the general public will have a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime on-stage appearance through West Australian Ballet’s Giselle Lottery.

The appearance will feature in the Closing Night performance, with no dance experience required as the winner joins the Prince of Courtland’s hunting party in a bespoke costume fitted for their performance, as well as Opening and Closing Night packages.

With three other incredible prizes on offer, tickets for the lottery are just $35, and raise money for the highly anticipated end-of-year family production, ALICE (in wonderland).

The historic production follows peasant girl Giselle as she falls in love with Albrecht, a prince in disguise. When she discovers he’s engaged to another, her grief sends her mad and she dies of a broken heart, with her spirit joining the Wilis. The Wilis, which are vengeful ghosts of women who died before marriage, lure men into the forest to make them dance until they die.

Adolphe Adam’s powerful score will be played live at each performance by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra under the instruction of experienced West Australian conductor Jessica Gethin.

Giselle is at His Majesty’s Theatre from 13 – 28 September 2019, tickets to the performances are available now, as is the opportunity to enter in the fundraising lottery

Source: Media Release, Image: Sergey Pevnev

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