I thought I had already created a "Giselle" thread, so sorry for the lateness. Here's the press release:
“Pacific Northwest Ballet’s renovated Giselle…sparkled with details that re-contextualized this story in surprising and satisfying ways.” -- DANCE Magazine
SEATTLE, WA – Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal’s radiant reconstruction of Giselle drew international accolades when it premiered in 2011. (“A Giselle of exceptional interest. The production is rich in detail, both intelligent and eloquent. Pacific Northwest Ballet has made Giselle live anew.” --New York Theatre Wire) PNB’s production marked the first time an American ballet company had based a production on Stepanov notation as well as the first use in modern times of the rare French sources for Giselle. Now, to close PNB’s 41st season, Giselle reappears newly adorned in luxurious 19th century costumes and scenery, conceived and designed by Jérôme Kaplan (Don Quixote, Roméo et Juliette). Giselle runs for eight performances only, May 30 through June 8 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at 301 Mercer Street, or online at PNB.org.
A masterpiece of the Romantic era, Giselle tells the story of a beautiful peasant girl wooed by a duke disguised as a villager. When the duke’s identity and real betrothal to a noblewoman is revealed, the deception causes Giselle to die of a broken heart. In Act 2, her spirit is called from the grave to join classical ballet’s most iconic apparitions – the Wilis – a ghostly sisterhood of maidens doomed to haunt the night in their bridal gowns.
In collaboration with Mr. Boal, who has overseen the entire staging, Marian Smith concentrated on the French sources and their use for the action of the ballet, and Doug Fullington reconstructed choreography using the Stepanov notations. Mr. Boal has also taken into account the rich performance history of Giselle in fashioning a production that both honors the past and appeals to today’s audience.
“Comparable to an epic film for its sweep, character development, story lines and visual stimuli. The outstanding Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Emil de Cou, brought newfound beauty to the score.” -- Los Angeles Times
“Marvelous. The most striking thing about Pacific Northwest Ballet’s new Giselle is how it teems with life. The world of Giselle and her tragic story comes newly and vividly alive.” -- Dancing Times (UK)
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Libretto: Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier
Music: Adolphe Adam, with additional music by Friedrich Burgmüller, Ludwig Minkus, and Cesare Pugni
Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa, with additional choreography by Peter Boal
Staging: Peter Boal
Choreography Reconstruction: Doug Fullington
Historical Adviser: Marian Smith
Scenic and Costume Design: Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Original Production Premiere: June 28, 1841; Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique (Paris), choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Petipa Production Premiere: February 5, 1884; Imperial Ballet (St. Petersburg), choreography by Marius Petipa (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot)
PNB Premiere (Peter Boal Production): June 3, 2011; new production May 30, 2014
Running Time: Two hours and 10 minutes (including one intermission)