October 17, 2012
The classical ballet, first presented at the Paris Opera in 1841, tells a haunting and poetic tale of a peasant country girl who falls in love with a prince and the heartache and tragedy that ensues.
The evening performance will bring to life the choreography of Marius Petipa, considered to the be the most influential ballet master that has ever lived, along with Adolphe Adam’s moving and prolific score, a piece of work that he is best known for.
The PA Ballet will follow opening night with six more shows through Sunday, October 28.
Principal Dancer Arantxa Ochoa will retire from the stage with Giselle, after 16 years dancing with the company, transitioning to her new role as Principal Instructor of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. Ochoa’s final performance is scheduled for Sunday, October 28 at 2 p.m.
The full schedule and tickets ($30-$125) can be found online here.
Bonus: The ballet invites students to view the dress rehearsal of Giselle earlier in the day beginning at 1 p.m. at the Academy of Music. A rare treat to take advantage of!
Check out a video teaser of the production, below.
The Pennsylvania Ballet’s Giselle
Where: The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
When: Thursday, October 18-Sunday, October 28
More info: www.paballet.org