GISELLE – WA BALLET COMPANY
HIS MAJESTY’S THEATER
There is silence in His Majesty’s Theatre as the lights are dimmed. Suddenly music from the pit fills the air, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jessica Gethin does not disappoint in setting the mood for Act I.
Curtains rise and I am teleported to morning in a village harvest celebration in Germany. Peasants are gathered at the home of Giselle (Dayana Hardy Acuna), a beautiful and innocent peasant girl, and her mother Berthe (Reika Sato). The story unfolds and Giselle falls for Albrecht (Oscar Valdes), a prince in disguise. Then there is Hilarion (Juan Carlos Osma) a gamekeeper who suspects the identity of his rival and is also deeply in love with Giselle. Giselle discovers, heartbreakingly, that Albrecht is actually engaged to another. Distraught by this unveiled deception, Giselle loses her reason and is utterly inconsolable.
Act II is set at Giselle’s grave in the forest and the team at West Australian Ballet teleport you again into the supernatural with clever design and lighting. The performances by the soloists are inspiring, stunning and powerful and the dancing by the chorus line, moving as one organism, is a must see as it is truly mesmerising to watch. A diverse and talented Company, stunning classical costumes, eye-catching sets and an evoking score of music, you will be feeling every single minute of this performance.
If you are a regular at the ballet or a first timer, I encourage you to see this performance. Giselle is a romantic ballet in two acts, and is considered a masterwork in the classical ballet performance canon.
Be quick, make sure to check out Giselle:
13 – 22 MAY 2021
His Majesty’s Theatre