Ballet dancers use their bodies to convey a wide range of emotions, from the joy captured in a perfect tour jeté to the nausea caused by a three-minute pirouette. Get dizzy with this GrouponLive deal.
- $15 for one ticket to see Giselle, presented by Youth American Ballet Company (up to $23 value)
- Where: Chandler Center for the Arts
- Seating: rear center, or left or right rear
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
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- Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m.
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 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 beau as he returns to her tombstone to beg forgiveness and take an etching for his book on rural stonework.
One of the most demanding roles in ballet, Giselle demands impeccable form and control from the leading dancer as she transitions from a naïve villager to a benevolent spirit. Dazzling choreography includes 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 Germanic waltzes in the first act's village scenes and sinister woodwind trills during the Wilis' nefarious dances.
Youth American Ballet Company
Although their ballet company has the word "youth" in its name, Georgi and Tara Rusafov are all about the classics. Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Les Sylphides have all been performed by their dancers, thus introducing the iconic music and choreography to a new generation. The performers are as young as 6, and each one receives pre-professional training that can help them pursue a career on stage and in tights.