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.
- $23 for one G-Pass to Carolina Ballet presents Giselle (up to a $46.40 value)
- When: Thursday, May 23, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Durham Performing Arts Center
- Seating: side orchestra or side grand tier
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won't need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.
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 demands impeccable form and control from the leading dancer as she transitions from naïve villager to benevolent spirit. Dazzling choreography characterizes 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 different moods with glittering Germanic waltzes and sinister woodwind trills.
Adding Giselle to its repertoire, the Carolina Ballet brings the timeless show to life with stunning performances by a rotating cast of top dancers. Sets and costumes imported from Florence, Italy underscore the show's fairytale nature with flowing white gowns, satin tunics, and studded biker jackets.