Joffrey Ballet sweeps into its new season with the legendary Romantic ballet, GiselleEquipped with a gorgeous backdrop and elegant staging by Lola de Avila, this tragic lovers tale is a must see. Giselle runs through October 29 at the Auditorium Theatre and features a rare display of soft, simplistic movements by a company noted for contemporary style.

Giselle and Albrecht

Set in the Rhineland during the middle ages, Giselle and her mother are preparing for the grape harvest festival. The nobleman Duke Albrecht disguises himself as a peasant and flirts with Giselle. However, Albrecht is engaged to be married and the heartbreak and deception that Giselle experiences forms the foundation for the haunting ballet. Ballerina Victoria Jaiani supplies Giselle with delicate desperation and Temur Suluashvili as Albrecht offers swaggering spins and leaps. Celebrating 10 years under the leadership of artistic director Ashley Wheater, the Joffrey demonstrates with Giselle that the company can tackle both innovation as well as tradition with equal skill.

Joffrey Ballet's Giselle

Auditorium Theatre
50 E. Congress Parkway
Through October 29, 2017
Tickets (starting from $34) for sale online here

 

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