Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | Edmonton, Alberta
Alberta Ballet presents a hunting love story! Giselle, at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Saturday, March 11th 2023. Giselle has been performed for audiences since the 1840s and is one of the great classic ballets of all time. A story of love and betrayal, revenge and forgiveness, featuring the ghostly Wilis, the spirits of young women who die of broken hearts. Get your tickets right now for a brand-new interpretation of this classic, a premiere by Christopher Anderson and a stunning addition to Alberta Ballet’s repertoire of classics which include Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.
Giselle has staging and additional choreography by Christopher Anderson, after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. Music by Adolphe Adam and Sets & Costumes by Peter Farmer. The story surrounds the beautiful Giselle as she falls in love with Albrecht and tragically dies of despair upon learning that he has deceived her! The Wilis then come together to exact a terrible revenge on Albrecht by forcing him to dance himself to death! But at the last moment, Giselle intercedes and rescues Albrecht from an untimely, and ghastly demise. And so, she returns to her grave to rest in peace, leaving Albrecht to mourn her forevermore.
Giselle is a brand-new premier by Christopher Anderson and a new interpretation of this masterpiece, “revisiting classical works is such an important part of what we do. These steps and stories are the foundation of our art form. By creating this new version, we will not only investigate the traditions of this deeply emotional and romantic story, but also share it in a way that resonates for a new generation.”
Christopher Anderson enjoyed a 16-year career as a professional dancer, graduating from Purchase College’s SUNY Conservatory of Dance, and launching his career at Boston Ballet, before joining Salt Lake City’s Ballet West. He has danced leading roles both nationally and internationally, and had several roles created for him by some of today’s most exciting choreographers. In 2015 Christopher hung up his dancing shoes and joined Alberta Ballet, choosing to set classics for his first full-length works for Alberta Ballet, he premiered Cinderella in 2017, The Sleeping Beauty in 2018, the contemporary one-act Sixth Breath in 2019, and Swan Lake in 2021.