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Giselle

This show was to been seen in October 2015

AS TIMELESS AS THE NIGHT WATCH

Giselle is one of the most romantic works of the classical repertoire, but also one of the most challenging when it comes to dancers’ dramatic and emotional empathy. Its lively, colourful first act with the moving mad scene, and the ensuing unearthly, pure ‘white’ act, are still danced all over the world today. It is not without reason that Giselle is known as the ‘Hamlet of dance’.

In short

Since its premiere in 1841, there have been numerous interpretations of this gripping story of love, deceit, treachery and forgiveness. One of the most recent and most successful is the production of Giselle by Rachel Beaujean and Ricardo Bustamante, presented by Dutch National Ballet in 2009.

In this video you see the preparations for the classical ballet Giselle; from rehearsals in the studio to the making of wigs, costumes and decor.
Igone de Jongh. © Angela Sterling
Anna Tsygankova. © Angela Sterling
Anna Tsygankova & Jozef Varga. © Angela Sterling

Dancers

Who is dancing when?

Cast Giselle (Giselle, Albrecht)

Th 12 November 2015: Anna Ol - Remi Wörtmeyer
Sa 14 November 2015: Sasha Mukhamedov - James Stout
Su 15 November 2015: Anna Ol - Remi Wörtmeyer

The cast is subject to change

Creation

Although Beaujean and Bustamante ‘revitalised’ Giselle, they nevertheless respected the classical ballet tradition in their adaptation. The same applies to the wonderful set and costume designs by Toer van Schayk. Beaujean: ‘The choreography and the composition of the dances are phenomenal. Giselle has no sell-by date. It’s timeless, just like the Night Watch’. Beaujean and Bustamante wanted to emphasise the feeling and intensity of the story. ‘Performed well, Giselle goes more than skin-deep’.

Impossible love
Giselle takes place at the end of the eighteenth century and tells the story of a count who falls in love with a peasant girl. But he does not reveal his true identity, which seals their fate. It is a story that is still relevant today, say Beaujean and Bustamante, as impossible love is a timeless theme.

Main role
The role of Giselle is one of the most important in the ballet repertoire. ‘Her character makes a complete emotional journey in the space of two acts’, says principal Anna Tsygankova. ‘There’s no ballerina who doesn’t dream of getting her teeth into it’.

Music

Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Ermanno Florio

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

This year, Dutch Ballet Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since its foundation in 1965, the orchestra has been proud to accompany Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater as a regular partner.

Through Dutch Ballet Orchestra, music and dance come together to form a wonderful experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development.

The working method is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as principal conductor, consists of a regular core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest performers. This gives the orchestra a unique character: incredibly flexible, dynamic and high-quality.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with a mission, to achieve the ultimate synergy between dance and music.

    Fri 16 Oct Theaterkrant about Giselle

    "Nice to experience how the white act of Giselle impresses a receptive soul who has never seen a ballet before."

    Fri 16 Oct Noordhollands Dagblad about Giselle

    “The 'floating' Giselle, the ‘powerful’ Albrecht, the ‘desperate’ Hilarion’, the ‘icy’ Myrtha and the corps de ballet tell it together: it is all about love.”