Without dance, people could only hum along to the Macarena, and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Let movements speak to you with this GrouponLive deal to see Giselle, presented by Ballet Arizona at Symphony Hall. Choose between the following seating options:
* For $39, you get one admission for seating in orchestra section A, rows 1–2 or 22–25, or orchestra sections B and C, rows 1–16 or 18–25 (up to a $97.85 value, including all fees).
* For $55, you get one admission for seating in orchestra section A, rows 3–5 or 18–21; or orchestra sections B and C, rows 3–21 (up to a $125.55 value, including all fees).
For each seating option, choose from the following shows:
Thursday, November 1, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Friday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 4, at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Ballet Arizona's dance masters dazzle audiences with exquisite productions of classic works that have earned accolades from the New York Times. Praised by Dance View Times for "the clarity of its storytelling," company artistic director Ib Andersen’s production of the classic ballet Giselle transports audiences to a world of high romance and supernatural thrills. Conceived by French man of letters Théophile Gautier based on writings by Victor Hugo and Heinrich Heine, the ballet weaves the tragic tale of the eponymous young German peasant. After she falls in love with her mysterious neighbor, a chance encounter with a traveling entourage of nobles reveals her paramour to be the aristocratic Albrecht, fleeing from an engagement with a duke's daughter. Heartbroken, Giselle flies into frantic madness and dies. The show's second act shifts into fairytale horror as Giselle rises from the grave in the presence of the Wilis, a vengeful group of female spirits that lure men to death in the woods. Fighting against the influence of the Wilis' queen, Myrtha, Giselle proves the power of her undying love by protecting Albrecht who has returned to her tombstone to beg forgiveness for his betrayal and take an etching for his book on rural stonework.
One of the defining pieces of the 19th century ballet blanc tradition, Giselle mixes the beauty of classical ballet with the early Romantic period's motifs of peasant mythology, high emotion, and undying love. Demanding choreography includes the second act's opening, which transforms the ballerinas into ethereal spirits, with Giselle and the Wilis floating on their toes through graceful spins and arabesques. Other notable pieces include the demonic Myrtha's enchantment of a doomed villager, with her minions encircling him as he dances himself to death under the influence of evil magic and the hope of impressing an onlooking squirrel breakdance crew. The delicate score, written by composer Adolphe Adam, buoys the gravity-defying leaps and pointes with beautiful melodies played by the Phoenix Symphony. Adam's lush tunes tickle ears while setting the scene with glittering Germanic waltzes in the first act's village dances and sinister woodwind trills during the Wilis' nefarious dances.
As toes twinkle onstage, visitors can bask in the renovated scenery of Symphony Hall, which couples hand-blown glass chandeliers with a quartet of designer tapestries. One of the largest machine-made draperies known to man, the theater’s colorful Grand Drape symbolizes the renewal of generations, creativity, and library books discovered during fossil digs.
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