Ballet production of Giselle comes to Kelowna

Kelowna News: Great Russian Ballet to present historic ballet performance at Kelowna Community Theatre on Friday, March 11.

  • Mar. 10, 2016 8:00 p.m.
The Great Russian Ballet will bring its Canadian tour production of Giselle to the Kelowna Community Theatre on Friday

The Great Russian Ballet will bring its Canadian tour production of Giselle to the Kelowna Community Theatre on Friday

Ballet fans will be in for a treat Friday at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

The community theatre will host a presentation of “Giselle,” performed by the Great Russian Ballet.

Giselle is considered on of the most popular ballet productions ever created, a death-defying love story presented in two acts with music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Marius Petipa.

First created in 1884 for the Imperial Russian Ballet, Petipa’s definitive version was performed by the Russian Ballets (Ballets Russes) in 1910 at the Palais Garnier.

The lead role of  Giselle is one of the most sought-after characters in ballet.

It demands both technical perfection, and outstanding grace, as well as great dramatic skill.

In the first act, Giselle has to convey the innocence and love of a country girl, and the heartbreak of being betrayed.

In the second act, Giselle must seem otherworldly, yet loving and forgiving.

Today, one of the most accomplished dancers to perform this role is Natalia Balan, the prima ballerina for The Great Russian Ballet.

For the 2016 Canadian Tour, she will be joined by an all-star cast of 40 highly skilled ballet dancers all trained in the Vaganova method.

Audiences are able to enjoy a historical ballet journey accompanied by epically decorated sets, fabulous costumes and masterful choreography to showcase a touching a deeply romantic love story.

Showtime is 8 p.m. on Friday (March 11) at the KCT, 1375 Water St.

Tickets are available at selectyourtickets.com.

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