Antonia Hewitt, as Giselle, and Andrew Bowman, as Albrecht, the man responsible for breaking her heart in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's new production of Giselle. Photo supplied.
One of the great romantic ballets, Giselle, first
staged in Paris in 1841 and one of the oldest surviving
ballets still in the international repertory, is a passionate
story of how the power of forgiveness and redemption can
overcome the anguish of love and betrayal.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet production of Giselle, to
be staged at Dunedin's Regent Theatre this weekend, is
choreographed by artistic director Ethan Stiefel and Johan
Kobborg, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London.
Both are noted performers of the leading male role of
The story of how Albrecht betrays the innocent village girl
Giselle and causes her death, only to be protected by her
spirit beyond the grave unfolds against the ghostly backdrop
of a forest haunted by "Wilis", vengeful spirits of abandoned
• The Royal New Zealand Ballet's Giselle is at the Civic
Theatre in Invercargill on November 20 and 21 and at the
Regent Theatre in Dunedin on November 24 and 25. In Dunedin
it will be accompanied by the Southern Sinfonia.