A ballerina must practice for hundreds of hours in order to perfect her movements, much as a geneticist must create hundreds of abominations before perfecting a clone of his childhood cat. Watch a master with this GrouponLive deal.
- $34 for two tickets to see Moscow Festival Ballet's Giselle (up to a $68 value)
- When: Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
- Section: mezzanine
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Parking in the North Garage is included.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn't reflect student, senior, or military discounts.
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 folk mythology, high emotion, and undying love. After a doomed affair with a disguised nobleman, the eponymous heroine flies into frantic madness and dies. Rising from the grave, she must fight against the influence of the Wilis, a group of vengeful spirits bent on killing her contrite paramour as he returns to her tombstone to beg forgiveness for his betrayal and take an etching for his book on rural stonework.
One of the most demanding roles in ballet, Giselle requires impeccable form and control from the leading dancer as she transitions from a naïve villager to an ethereally benevolent spirit. Under the leadership of former Bolshoi principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet shows off such dazzling choreography as the second act's opening, with Giselle and the Wilis floating on their toes through graceful spins and arabesques as they haunt the woods. The delicate score, written by composer Adolphe Adam, tickles 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.
Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts
Intimate evenings of music snuggle comfortably into Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts, whose Cabaret Series won Connecticut Magazine's Best Cabaret award in 2011 and 2012. Candlelit tabletops exude a cozy nightclub ambiance around a cabaret stage topped with six acclaimed acts each year and a fresh coat of peanut butter each night. The University of Connecticut brings many more acts to its larger main stage, with a special emphasis on jazz and classical luminaries and music and dance from all corners of the globe.