This spring Pennsylvania Ballet will premiere Artistic Director Angel Corella’s re-staging of Giselle, ballet’s hauntingly romantic classic. Presented by West Laurel Hill Cemetery, performances run March 7-17 at the Academy of Music.
“I’m delighted to re-stage Giselle for the first time. This timeless ballet showcases the power that ballet holds in telling deeply emotional stories,” said Angel Corella. “I’m thrilled to bring this perfect combination of choreography, drama and music to life.”
One of ballet’s oldest and most endearing works, Giselle tells the story of a young peasant woman who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover Albrecht is betrothed to another. Her love ultimately triumphs over vengeance as she saves her remorseful lover in the face of death by the Wilis, a group of supernatural brides-to-be that force men to dance to their death. Giselle features some of the most iconic ballet choreography and emotional ballet-pantomime, requiring an expertise of both theatrical acting and immaculate dance technique.