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Photo: Evan Li
Photo: Evan Li
Photo: Maarten Holl
Photo: Maarten Holl
Production - Johan Kobborg and Ethan Stiefel
Choreography - Johan Kobborg and Ethan Stiefel (after Marius Petipa)
Set Design - Howard Jones
Costume Design - Natalia Stewart
Lighting Design - Kendall Smith
Conductor - Michael Lloyd
The Telstra Clear Season

[2.5 hours]

at St James Theatre, Wellington
From 7 Nov 2012 to 11 Nov 2012

CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch
From 15 Nov 2012 to 17 Nov 2012

Civic Theatre, Invercargill
From 20 Nov 2012 to 21 Nov 2012

Regent Theatre (Dunedin), Dunedin
From 24 Nov 2012 to 25 Nov 2012

Aotea Centre at THE EDGEŽ, Auckland
From 29 Nov 2012 to 2 Dec 2012

Reviewed by:  Virginia KennardJennifer Shennan (The Dominion Post); Toby BehanKasey DewarHannah MolloyRosemary Martin;

A new staging of this quintessential ballet is co-produced by Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg, internationally acclaimed principal dancer of the Royal Ballet. Gillian Murphy, RNZB Principal Guest Artist and star of American Ballet Theatre, dances Giselle, one of the most dramatic roles in the classical ballet repertoire.

Disguise and revelation, love and jealousy combine in this tragic tale. A love story unfolds against the ghostly backdrop of a Rhineland forest haunted by the fearful presence of the "Wilis" - vengeful spirits of abandoned brides. The beautiful peasant girl, Giselle, falls for Albrecht who conceals his identity to win her. The discovery of her lover's deception shatters Giselle's innocence and causes her to die of a broken heart. Albrecht is thrown into the hands of the merciless Wilis, but Giselle cannot bear to watch him die and returns as a ghost to save him.

Giselle is the most dramatic and beautiful of ballets and RNZB's brand new production is a must-see in 2012.

Wellington - St James Theatre
Featuring Vector Wellington Orchestra
7 - 11 November 2012
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Christchurch - CBS Arena
15 - 17 November 2012
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Invercargill - Civic Theatre
20 - 21 November 2012
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Dunedin - Regent Theatre
Featuring Southern Sinfonia
24 - 25 November 2012
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Auckland - ASB Theatre
Featuring Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
29 November - 2 December 2012
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Rotorua - Civic Theatre
5 December 2012
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Napier - Municipal Theatre
8 - 9 December 2012
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Palmerston North - Regent on Broadway
12 December 2012
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Cast lists for each centre are avaiable on the Royal NZ Ballet web site here