The Texas Ballet Theater premieres Ben Stevenson’s Giselle for the first time in North Texas. Performing in Fort Worth’s beautiful Bass Performance Hall from October 21-23, 2011, Giselle is classic ballet at its best. It is the tale of a timeless tragic love story first performed in Paris in 1841.
The coveted role of Giselle requires a dancer with near perfect technique and strong dramatic skills. The lithe Carolyn Judson (Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella) plays the tragic character Giselle. Carl Coomer stars as her true love Albrecht. Originally from Liverpool, Coomer studied ballet at the Royal Ballet School in London before joining the Houston Ballet under the direction of Ben Stevenson. He is currently in his fourth season with the TBT.
Texas Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director Ben Stevenson is a master storyteller and choreographer. Pairing Carl Coomer (Swan Lake, Dracula/Three Preludes) with Carolyn Judson is ideal for the intricate intertwining moves, demanding technique and spectacular lifts in Stevenson’s work. His Grand Pas are always breathtaking as well.
Giselle is the passionate love story of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a deceptive man. Upon finding out he is engaged to another woman, Giselle’s shock and grief drives her to madness and an early death. Her spirit dwells in a forest among the sylphlike ghosts of young maidens called the Wilis. In mystic legends the angry Wilis spirits lure mortal men into the forest enchanting them into dancing all night. Surrounded by the dancing spirits the men eventually fall to the ground from exhaustion and die. Giselle’s spirit still loves the remorseful Albrecht and she forgives him. She protects him from the vengeful Willis and in turn saves herself from the evil spirits.
Texas Ballet Theater
Tickets begin at $19
Fri 10/21/11 8:00PM: Bass Performance Hall
Sat 10/22/11 2:00PM: Bass Performance Hall
Sat 10/22/11 8:00PM: Bass Performance Hall
Sun 10/23/11 2:00PM: Bass Performance Hall