Tampa, Fla. – The Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Next Generation Ballet (NGB) will present the hauntingly beautiful ballet, Giselle, in Ferguson Hall on May 6-7.
Under the direction of Artistic Director Philip Neal and Ballet Mistress Ivonne Lemus, Giselle is sure to delight, as the award-winning NGB dancers perform this romantic two-act tale of passion, betrayal and eternal love.
The story follows the peasant girl, Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her love is engaged to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle’s great love frees him from their grasp.
Originally performed in 1841 in Paris, Giselle was choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, with music by Adolphe Adam. As described by George Balanchine, “Like Hamlet, Giselle is a classic …people go to see Giselle and to see ballerinas dance it for the same reason we go to see new interpretations of Hamlet … we always discover something in it we hadn’t seen before.”
Named “Outstanding School” in 2016 by the Youth America Grand Prix, NGB is committed to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding young dancers. NGB is a stepping stone for great dance talent, preparing serious young dancers for professional employment through instruction, coaching and performance opportunities.
Performances of Giselle are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Regularly priced tickets to Giselle are $20-$45 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org.
More information is available by calling 813.222.1040 and at www.patelconservatory.org. The fully accredited Patel Conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. Each year, the Patel Conservatory and the Straz Center’s arts education programs enrich the lives of more than 70,000 students in our classrooms, on our stages and through the community.
Events, days, dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice.
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The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its programs are funded in part by the City of Tampa; the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; the Tourist Development Council/Hillsborough County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This Patel Conservatory Youth Theater student production is supported in-part by the Triad Foundation and the Kinder Morgan Foundation.