Giselle by The Russian National Ballet

The Point presents Giselle by The Russian National Ballet

Thursday, April 9 at 7pm

Lyndon Institute Auditorium - Lyndonville, VT

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The immensely popular Giselle is a romantic ballet in two acts, first performed in 1841 and an immediate favorite with both audiences and critics.  Dancers who have performed inGiselle constitute a “who’s who” of ballet: Nijinsky, Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Makarova, and many others.

This ballet about betrayal, physical fragility and spiritual strength cuts close to the bone. Giselle is a French ballet. In a very French way, the catastrophe that the first act builds up to is not a violent uprising or a calamity caused by evil magic, but rather the quiet revelation of a rupture of trust.  Intimacy is shattered — not a kingdom, not heroic destiny, just the tenderness between two people.

This occurs when the peasant girl of the title, who is charming and pretty but frail, discovers that the man she loves has lied to her about his identity and his availability. Giselle succumbs to the shock.  Yet in the second act we find out that’s not quite the end of her. Her fleshly heart may have stopped, but its ennobling humanity carries on, and Albrecht, her remorseful suitor, finds an unsettling but ultimately liberating redemption at her grave.  In its choreography and style of dancing, this Romantic-era ballet is soft and simple. But there are plenty of dramatic opportunities, though the way to achieve them is through subtlety and extreme sensitivity. – Washington Post

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