Los Angeles Ballet [LAB] Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are pleased to present Giselle, the timeless story of a young peasant girl who, betrayed by her lover, dies of a broken heart.
The Company continues to build a repertoire that underscores the creative leadership of its artistic directors, presenting timeless classics as well as innovative choreography from today’s contemporary artists. The full-length premiere of Giselle, with choreography by Artistic Director Thordal Christensen (after Coralli, Perrot and Petipa), is no exception. First premiered in 1841, Giselle is one of the most beloved romantic ballets of all time, and the title role has given the world its greatest ballerinas.
Giselle tells the tragic tale of a maiden who falls in love with Albrecht, a nobleman so enchanted by Giselle’s innocence and purity that he recklessly leads her to believe that he is a peasant. When his betrothed Bathilde reveals his true identity, Giselle dies of a broken heart. Albrecht visits Giselle’s grave, overcome with remorse. Giselle rises to protect him from the Wilis, vengeful female spirits that haunt the forest. Giselle’s forgiving, profound love saves Albrecht from certain death.
The Season 5 Gala Celebration will take place Saturday, May 28th at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, following the 6:00 pm performance of Giselle. The event will hosted by LAB Board members/Gala Co-Chairs Lori Milken, Ghada Irani, and Jeanette Trepp. Designed by Billy Butchkavitz and catered by Wolfgang Puck, guests will be transported to an enchanting ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ setting.
Performances will take place at venues across Los Angeles County from May 14 to May 29. Tickets range in price from $24 - $95. Gala Table sponsorships are $10,000, $20,000, and $30,000, with individual seats available for $1,000.
For more information, please visit www.losangelesballet.org or call 310.998.7782.
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Saturday, May 14, 2011 @ 7:30 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 7:30 pm
The Broad Stage
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Saturday, May 27, 2011 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 28, 2011@ 6:00 pm*
Sunday, March 29, 2011@ 2:00 pm
*Los Angeles Ballet’s Season5 Gala Celebration will take place May 28th, 2011 following the 6:00pm Broad Stage performance
**Performances subject to change