February 9-17, 2018 | Davidson Theatre
Friday, 2/9 Senior Dress Rehearsal
Friday, 2/9 8:00 pm
Saturday, 2/10 8:00 pm
Sunday, 2/11 2:00 pm
Thursday, 2/15 7:30 pm
Friday, 2/16 8:00 pm
Saturday, 2/17 8:00 pm
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: Adolphe Adam
Witness a love story that has captivated hearts for centuries with the World Premiere of Edwaard Liang’s Giselle. This timeless ballet, set to Adolphe Adam’s score, will share both classical and contemporary elements as it weaves the haunting tale of a peasant girl’s quest for love. Liang’s Giselle will reimagine and reinvigorate this beloved work, leaving audiences inspired and awed.
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Meet the Characters:
Her gentle nature, beauty and kindness capture the hearts of all who meet her. Upon discovering her lover, Loys, has deceived her, Giselle dances until her weak heart ultimately stops beating, dying from shock. In death, Giselle must choose to wander the earth each night with the vengeful Wilis or instead find peace in the power of forgiveness.
Although engaged to a noblewoman, Albrecht disguises himself as a peasant named Loys to win the heart of the beautiful Giselle. While visiting Giselle’s grave late one night, Albrecht encounters the Wilis and Giselle’s spirit, where a struggle between revenge and forgiveness ensues.
A gamekeeper from the village, Hilarion is consumed by his love for Giselle. Feeling betrayed when he learns that Giselle is in love with the suspicious Loys, Hilarion becomes determined to uncover the true identity of Giselle’s new lover.
Myrtha and the Wilis
The Queen of the Wilis, Myrtha is as regal as she is vengeful. Myrtha recruits Giselle’s spirit to join the Wilis, a group of spirits betrayed by their lovers who roam the Earth from dusk to dawn, forcing all who encounter them to dance to their deaths.