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Giselle May 30-31; June 5-8Plus Events


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#1 Helene

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 01:56 PM

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)



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:17 PM

The first related events are this coming weekend:
 
Friday Preview: 
 
Friday, May 16, 6:00 pm
The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle

[indent=1=Join us for an hour-long preview led by Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB artistic staff, featuring Company dancers rehearsing excerpts from Giselle. PNB’s popular Friday Previews offer an up-close view of the Company preparing to put dance on stage. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office. (These events usually sell out in advance.) Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.
 
 
SEMINAR: Giselle: New Designs for PNB’s Stellar Production

Saturday, May 17, 3:00 pm

The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle

 

Peter Boal has commissioned Jérôme Kaplan (Roméo et Juliette, Don Quixote) to design new sets and costumes to complement PNB’s unique staging of Giselle. Hear from Boal and PNB’s team of artists about the process of designing and building the scenery and costumes for this historically-informed production, while viewing a selection of sketches, fabric swatches, costumes, scenic models, and props. Tickets are $25 ($20 for PNB subscribers) and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.

 
ABOUT THE DESIGNER:
 
Jérôme Kaplan was born in Paris and studied scenic design at L’Ecole de la Rue Blanche. In 1991 Mr. Kaplan met the choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot and discovered the world of dance. He went on to design sets and costumes for numerous Les Ballets de Monte Carlo ballets including,  L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Roméo et Juliette, Cendrillon (Cinderella), Casse-Noisette Circus, Œil pour Œil (Eye for Eye), and Scheherazade. He also created the costumes for Raise the Red Lantern for the National Ballet of China in Beijing. He has also worked for Opera of Strasbourg, Shanghai Ballet, National Ballet of Finland, National Ballet of Korea, Royal Opera of Stockholm, and Northern Ballet. In 2010, Mr. Kaplan created sets and costumes for Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote for Dutch National Ballet and Christopher Wheeldon’s Tornerose (Sleeping Beauty) for the Royal Danish Ballet. In 2011, he designed sets and costumes for the world premiere of Ratmansky’s Lost Illusions (Les Illusions Perdues) at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, winning the 2012 Golden Mask award for Best Costume Designer.
 
BALLET PREVIEW — FREE

Tuesday, May 27, 12:00 noon
Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle


Join PNB for a free lunch-hour preview lecture at the Central Seattle Public Library. Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about Giselle, complete with video excerpts. FREE of charge.

 

PNB LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL

Thursday, May 29, 2014
6:00 pm Lecture, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
7:00 pm Dress Rehearsal, McCaw Hall


Join Artistic Director Peter Boal and guests during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal to discuss PNB’s new production of Giselle. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.

 
LISTEN TO THE BALLET!
 

PNB partners with 98.1 Classical KING FM to bring listeners some of the world’s most popular ballet scores, featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra live from McCaw Hall. Tune in to KING FM (98.1 fm or king.org/listen) for an opening weekend performance of Giselle on Saturday, May 31 at 7:30 pm.

 
PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURES
 

Join Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington for a 30-minute introduction to each performance, including discussions of choreography, music, history, design and the process of bringing ballet to the stage. One hour before performances. FREE for ticketholders.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:18 PM

There will be Q&A's after each performance.

Please note that the non-subscription performance is Saturday, June 7 at 2pm.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:42 PM

Gary Tucker graciously has sent us Principal casting for Week 1 and Giselle/Albrecht casting for Week 2.  (It's not yet up on the website.) As always, this is subject to change.

 

Kaori Nakamura, Lesley Rausch, and Carla Korbes reprise Giselle.  Sarah Ricard Orza and William Lin-Yee debut as Giselle and Albrecht in a single performance on Thursday, June 5.  Jerome Tisserand debuts as Albrecht, partnering Nakamura.  Batkhurel Bold, who partnered Lesley Rausch in 2011, will be Korbes' Albrecht this year; he will also dance Hilarion (with Nakamura/Tisserand).  Rausch's Albrecht is Seth Orza, who partnered Rachel Foster in 2011.  Lin-Yee is cast Wilfride, Hilarion, and Albrecht

 

In the three performances for first weekend, the three Myrtha's reprise their roles:  Imler (with Nakamura/Tisserand), Dec (with Rausch/Orza) and Gilbreath (with Korbes/Bold).  Lin-Yee and Moore are new to Hilarion; Moore was injured in 2011.

 

Jonathan Porretta is back and dancing Peasant Pas de Deux with Leta Biasucci.

 

Kaori Nakamura dances Opening Night, and her second and last Giselle will be the June 7 Saturday matinee.

 

Attached File  Giselle Performance Casting (Partial).xls   32.5KB   22 downloads



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:48 PM

For those of you who are in town, and can get to the Phelps Center by 5:30 today, there's a coaching session open to the public as well.



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:42 PM

Full Principal casting is up for both weeks, and Moyna and Zulme have been added for both weeks.

 

Sarah Ricard Orza and William Li-Yee will perform twice:  they are now scheduled for the Sunday matinee final regular season performance on 8 June as well as their debuts on Thursday, 5 June.  Chelsea Adomaitis makes her main stage debut as Myrtha on Sunday afternoon.  Also making debuts second weekend are Margaret Mullin and James Moore in the Peasant Pas de Deux on Friday, 6 June and Angelica Generosa and Kyle Davis in the Peasant Pas de Deux at the Saturday matinee 7 June (2pm).

http://www.pnb.org/S...iselle/#Casting

Attached File  Giselle Performance Casting Wks 1 & 2.xls   31.5KB   22 downloads



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 08:36 AM

PNB published a blog post with 9 facts about the new sets and (mostly) costumes.  It's a glimpse into the moving parts of the Act I dresses:

http://blog.pnb.org/...s-new-sets.html



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 12:12 PM

A video of Margaret Mullin being coached in the Peasant Pas variation (by Paul Gibson?):



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 07:46 PM

And the brother variation, danced by James Moore:

 



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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:52 AM

Thanks for the peasant videos -- they are both quite lovely!



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Posted 24 May 2014 - 03:51 PM

From a link from PNB's Facebook page, this Marcie Sillman blog feature on Leta Biasucci, she writes a little on Biasucci preparing for Peasant Pas:

http://www.marciesil...-has-dream.html



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 04:46 PM

Boy I'd love to see this version of Giselle.  I'd also love to see Carrie Imler live.  The first won't happen for me, being a New Yorker, so I rely on reports from Helene and everyone else.  I'm hoping to see Imler at the Joyce.  Anyone know if she's coming.  She is a dancer I've longed to see for a while.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 06:15 PM

The Joyce program is listed as "Tide Harmonic" (Wheeldon) and Alejandro Cerrudo's "Memory Glow," which was created with the Nureyev Prize awarded through the Joyce.  Imler and Leah Merchant shared a role, and they both gave different and dynamic interpretations of it.  I wish they were in the same cast, because there's a pas de trois for  two women and a man that I think they'd have been fantastic in.

 

Rachel Foster, who had the most prominent female role in the Cerrudo and was one of the four couples in the Wheeldon, is having a baby that's due sometime in September, and October sounds too early for her to be back.  (I wouldn't be surprised to see Generosa     in the Cerrudo after her tour de force in Molissa Fenley's "State of Darkness.") I don't think Imler would take Foster's place in the Wheeldon; although she'd be dynamite in it, she's probably too tall for James Moore. 



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 06:24 PM

The Joyce program is listed as "Tide Harmonic" (Wheeldon) and Alejandro Cerrudo's "Memory Glow," which was created with the Nureyev Prize awarded through the Joyce.  Imler and Leah Merchant shared a role, and they both gave different and dynamic interpretations of it.  I wish they were in the same cast, because there's a pas de trois for  two women and a man that I think they'd have been fantastic in.

 

Rachel Foster, who had the most prominent female role in the Cerrudo and was one of the four couples in the Wheeldon, is having a baby that's due sometime in September, and October sounds too early for her to be back.  (I wouldn't be surprised to see Generosa     in the Cerrudo after her tour de force in Molissa Fenley's "State of Darkness.") I don't think Imler would take Foster's place in the Wheeldon; although she'd be dynamite in it, she's probably too tall for James Moore. 

Thank you Helen any updates would be appreciated



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 10:50 PM

Are they sharing the Joyce evenings with someone else?  That seems like a short program to me otherwise...




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