Giselle: Dance to die for

PUBLISHED: 12:04 12 January 2011

The ghost of Giselle dances by her grave with Albrecht

The ghost of Giselle dances by her grave with Albrecht

© Johan Persson

The complicated ballet Giselle will be screened for discerning crowds at Bluewater’s Showcase Cinema

The cruel Wilie summon Giselle's ghost from her grave

Renowned as one of the most technically demanding and emotionally challenging roles in classical dance, the lead in Giselle is always performed by leading ballerinas of The Royal Ballet.

The impressive Romantic ballet is due to be performed at the Royal Opera House next Wednesday, but Gravesend audiences can watch the spectacle live from Bluewater’s Showcase Cinema.

The influential dance from 1841 tells of a woman’s love in the face of betrayal. Giselle, a peasant girl, falls for Albrecht, a nobleman who disguises himself as a peasant so he may sow some wild oats ahead of his marriage.

Innocent Giselle goes mad and dies when she finds out of the lie.

Her ghosts is then awakened by the Wilis, evil spirits of abandoned brides who seek revenge upon men by forcing them to dance to their death.

Although accepted into the fold by her ghoulish sisters, Giselle cannot bear to see her true love, Albrecht, consigned to such a fate and returns to save him.

Film screenings of all-out performances like The Nutcracker choreographed by Grigorovich have became common place last year. An accessible way for audiences nationwide to discover stage performance, theatres have found audiences more willing than expected to become perfectly well absorbed at their local cinema.

● Giselle will be screened live from The Royal Opera House on Wednesday, January 19 at 7:15pm. General tickets are priced at £12.50 and £10 for members.

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