In this ballet, love falls victim to betrayal in the innocent mind of Giselle when Hilarion airs Albrecht’s nobility and unstoppable fate of marrying Bathilde, the Prince of Courtland’s daughter.In a passionate scene, Giselle’s feeble mind goes mad as she attempts to kill herself with Albrecht’s sword.
Giselle is a quintessential ballet performance that was premiered in 1841. The ghost-filled ballet tells the tragic, romantic story of a beautiful young peasant girl who falls for the flirtations of the deceitful and disguised nobleman Albrecht. When the ruse is revealed, the fragile Giselle dies of heartbreak, and Albrecht must face the otherworldly consequences of his careless seduction. One of the world’s most-often performed classical ballets, it is also one of its most challenging to dance.
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 7:30pm
Tickets Available Soon
Saturday, April 4 2020 at 2:00pm
Tickets Available Soon
Giselle marks the story of a village maiden who falls in love with a Duke in disguise known as Albrecht. However, Hilarion, a man hopelessly in love with Giselle, see’s deception masked within Albrecht and seeks to expose his true identity. In this ballet, love falls victim to betrayal in the innocent mind of Giselle when Hilarion airs Albrecht’s nobility and unstoppable fate of marrying Bathilde, the Prince of Courtland’s daughter.In a passionate scene, Giselle’s feeble mind goes mad as she attempts to kill herself with Albrecht’s sword. Just moments before it’s thin tip would penetrate her chest, Albrecht withdraws it from her. Although the sword did not kill her, a broken heart soon does the inevitable deed,as she points to her lover one last time just before she collapses and dies. It is not until Act II when we see Giselle rise again, yet this time she is stripped of the merriment once present in her damasked cheeks, and instead is seen with her body decorated in the harsh white of an unmarried bride. In this act, the wilis, maidens who have died before marriage, dance in the night as bacchantes luring young men to dance to their death. A remorseful Albrecht seeks Giselle’s grave when the Queen of the Willis orders Giselle to entice him to dance. Despite Albrecht’s gasps for air and falls of weakness, Giselle sustains him until daybreak where the Willis are forced to return to their graves. The ballet concludes as an unwilling Giselle is forced to meet her new life as a Wili as she grasps Albrecht’s hands a final time until fate pulls her away.
Friday evening arrive one hour before showtime for a drink, cocktail, and specialty souvenirs.
People of all ages are touched by a theatre experience. For this reason on Friday, April 3, 2020 @ 10AM, SBRI offers a Project Ballet in Education Giselle Performance, “Pay What You Can Event”. SBRI believes that if you experience the arts, you will become aware of it and then you will gain an appreciation for it. (Suggested price $10 per seat) For this educational show, call 401-334-2560 for reservations or to order seats.
SBRI holds true to the art form of classical ballet, preserving culture and tradition in motion. Many of the costumes worn, the props carried, and the scenery hung are decades old. The story of Giselle is historic, as it was performed for the first time in June of 1841. New dancers, costumes, and audience members come with each passing year–and these fresh aspects blend with the traditional to become a masterpiece of creating, presenting and preserving this production for past and future generations of ballet lovers.
Sponsored in part by
Ways to buy tickets
Please use the links below to purchase tickets directly through the Park Theater box office and call the SBRI offices about our exciting Friday 10AM performance.
Park Theater Box Office
848 Park Avenue, Cranston RI 02910
Monday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 7:30pm and Saturday, April 04 2019 at 1:30pm