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Coastal City Ballet: Giselle

Coastal City Ballet performs the traditional classic ballet “Giselle”. Love, betrayal, madness, despair, and redemption… from beyond the grave.

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May 19 2017, 8:00 p.m.


Vancouver Playhouse, 630 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir



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For the first time in ten years, the traditional classical ballet Giselle will be performed on stage in Vancouver. After sold-out performances of Swan Lake in 2016, Coastal City Ballet presents the highlight of the 2016-2017 season: the illustrious and beloved ballet Giselle, a Canadian premiere choreographed by Irene Schneider.

Since its Paris premiere in 1841, Giselle has become the epitome of ballet romanticism. Giselle tells of a young peasant girl betrayed by a nobleman disguised as a commoner. Unable to withstand the prince’s deception, Giselle dies of a broken heart only to join the ranks of the supernatural Wilis, restless spirits who have died before their wedding day. As vengeful as they are entrancing, the Wilis lure young men into their lair – driving them to dance until they die. In a heartfelt display of forgiveness from beyond the grave, Giselle saves her beloved from certain death at the hands of her ghostly sisters.

A haunting story of innocence and betrayal, and a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love, Irene Schneider’s Giselle features some of ballet’s most dramatic scenes and otherworldly images. The diverse talents of Coastal City Ballet along with the beautiful score of Aldolphe Adam, glorious costumes and imaginative sets brings this heart wrenching love story to life. This full length masterpiece is one not to be missed and will be enjoyed by both young and old alike.