Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Giselle – review

By Francesca Horsley In Dance

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24th November, 2012
Giselle is a beautiful, naive peasant girl who loves to dance. Sadly, these four elements conspire to bring about her untimely death. In a new, luminous production of Giselle, Royal New Zealand Ballet artistic director Ethan Stiefel and Royal Ballet principal dancer Johan Kobborg have reworked the classic “white ballet” to appeal to 21st-century audiences. In this version – Stiefel’s first full-length work for the RNZB since being appointed last year – the fussiness and long dance sequences of the original 19th-century ballet have been cut, replaced by clean lines, pared-back ...

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