A review of Cincinnati Ballet
in 'Giselle' by Stephanie Kitchens in The News Record.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra began to play Adolphe Adam's overture. The curtain rose to reveal a cottage and wooden benches on both sides of the stage with a backdrop portraying a quaint countryside.
Liam Fu played the role of Albrecht, Duke of Silesia, who disguises himself as a villager to court Giselle, a young peasant performed by Sarah Hairston. Fu encompassed Albrecht's strength, while Hairston portrayed Giselle's innocence well. Giselle first tries to deflect Albrecht's advances, but timidly begins to dance with him and fall in love.The peasants join the couple, and they perform several joyful dances. The peasant pas de deux was performed by Rodrigo Almarales and Maizyalet Velázquez; Almarales was particularly dazzling with his perfect pirouettes.