- One ticket to see California Ballet presents Giselle
- When: Saturday, November 1, or Sunday, November 2
- Where: San Diego Civic Theatre
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees
- Run time is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission
- $22 for the balcony or upper loge (up to $47 value). All seating in these areas requires the use of stairs.
- $30 for the rear mezzanine or rear dress circle (up to $62.75 value)
- $40 for the rear orchestra or front mezzanine (up to $72.75 value)
- $60 for the gold-rope front center orchestra (up to $98.25 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
A defining piece of 19th-century ballet blanc, Giselle mixes the beauty of classical ballet with the early Romantic period’s folk mythology, high emotion, and undying love. When Giselle discovers that the man she desires, Albrecht, is a disguised nobleman—and engaged—the young peasant flies into a frantic madness that wears out her heart. Rising from the grave due to the power of the Wilis, a group of womanly spirits who dance men to death, Giselle joins them in wandering the woods in search of prey. Unfortunately for Giselle, who they find is Albrecht lingering at her tombstone to beg forgiveness and take notes for his book on rural stonework.
One of the most demanding roles in ballet, Giselle requires impeccable form and control from the lead as she transitions from a naïve villager to an ethereal spirit. Under the leadership of director Maxine Mahon, California Ballet shows off such dazzling choreography as the second act’s opening, where Giselle and the Wilis float on their toes through graceful spins as they haunt the woods. The delicate score, written by Adolphe Adam, sets the scene with glittering Germanic waltzes in the first act’s village dances and sinister woodwind trills during the Wilis’ deadly game.
Even when a ballet imposes technical challenges and its reputation raises expectations to near-impossible levels, California Ballet’s dancers and artists don’t shy away. Much of the company’s repertoire reads like a 19th-century Top-10 list—A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Swan Lake—yet it makes each staging uniquely its own, either by revamping the choreography, casting The Nutcracker with upwards of 200 students from its dance school, or creating sets and costumes that would dazzle an “Ooooh” out of a royal guardsman.
- The Company: since its inception in 1968, California Ballet has grown into the largest professional ballet company in Southern California
- The Repertoire: California Ballet's principal dancers restage demanding classics such as Giselle, Swan Lake, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but the company also cultivates daring new works (The Great Gatsby, Dracula) and fresh local talent through its school
- The Seasonal Highlight: California Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker at the Civic Theatre, which draws an audience of more than 25,000 people each year