Royal Ballet Screening Of Giselle At The Plaza

Giselle

Published at 11:43am 2nd March 2016.

A SOLD-OUT performance of the greatest of all Romantic ballets is being shown in Dorchester.

A SOLD-OUT performance of the greatest of all Romantic ballets is being shown in Dorchester.

The Royal Opera’s latest staging of Giselle has proved popular at the box office.

All the seats at Covent Garden have been snapped up for the 7.15pm staging on April 6 but audience-goers at the Plaza Cinema can enjoy a close-up view of Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death.

Adam Cunard, the cinema’s managing director, said: “The latest of our Royal Ballet screenings gives ballet lovers in the area the chance to see of the most popular productions of the current season without having to travel far.

“The combination of the Royal Ballet’s excellence and the cinema’s convenience will make it a night to remember.”

The story is set in a medieval Rhineland village. Giselle, a peasant girl, has fallen in love with Count Albrecht, who has told her he is a villager named Loys. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences.

The role of Giselle provides a dancer with many technical and dramatic challenges, from the character’s early love to her poignant descent into madness and her final gesture of forgiveness from beyond the grave.

The first act of the ballet is filled with historical detail and rustic colour. By contrast, the second act plunges the audience into an eerie moonlit forest haunted by the ethereal Wilis – vengeful spirits of young brides who died before their wedding day.

The performance being screened sees Argentine principal dancer Marianela Nunez take the title role and Vadim Muntagirov as Albrecht.