The 2014 cinema series of ballets from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden begins Monday, January 27, 7:00 pm at the Century 9 in San Francisco Centre. Opening the series is Adolph Adam’s beloved GISELLE. Based on the original choreography of Marius Petipa, the Peter Wright production features the company’s award winning Principal Dancer, Natalia Osipova in the title role and as Prince Albrecht, Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta.
In the world of Classical Ballet, Giselle is one of several prominent jewels in the ultimate crown. Its story is a rare combination of folk lore and a ghostly encounter of the third kind. The old expression – “it gives me the willies” – comes from the supernatural and not-so-friendly female spirits known in the Slavic regions as the Wilis. Although the details may vary from village to village, these troubled spirits share two things in common. In life, they never made it to the altar with their hero of choice – whether or not he was actually available. And they loved to dance more than life itself. For Giselle, that jilting two-timing rogue is Count Albrecht. The Wilis in the forest nearby know the girl is going to drop dead of a heart attack the moment she finds out – that being, by the end of Act I. Act II opens at the cemetery. Given the number of Wilis who welcome Giselle into the fold, it would seem there are a lot free-thinking guys passing through this neck of the woods.
The music of Adolph Adam is glorious and the virtuosic choreography assigned to its cast of characters dazzles the eye and pulls at the heart. Don’t miss this rare, very up-close and personal opportunity to see one of the greatest ballets ever created and performed by the world renowned Royal Ballet.