- $29 for one ticket to Manassas Ballet Theatre Presents: Giselle (up to $60 value)
- When: May 15–16 at 7:30 p.m.; May 17 at 3 p.m.
- Where: The Hylton Performing Arts Center
- Seating: side orchestra
- Door time: 30 minutes prior to showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees.
- 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 penchant for folk mythology and high emotion. 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. She is soon resurrected, however, by the Wilis, a group of womanly spirits who dance men to death. Giselle joins them in their hunt for prey, but comes to a crossroads when they stumble across Albrecht, lingering at her tombstone in remorse. Will she forgive her former beloved, or spirit him away to the underworld in revenge?
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. Adolphe Adam’s score is equally as diverse and delicate, setting the scene with Germanic waltzes during the first act’s village dances. The sonics grow darker later on when sinister woodwind trills underscore the Wilis’ deadly game.
Manassas Ballet Theatre
Manassas Ballet Theatre's 25 full-time dancers (10 of which are male) comprise the resident ballet company of the Hylton Performing Arts Center. For its shows, the theatre utilizes live music, usually orchestra, to underscore the dancing on stage. It all combines into an experience that has delighted both The Washington Post and readers of Virginia Living, among others. The Manassas Ballet Theatre also boasts an international cast of professional dancers.