Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Giselle

November 22–25, 2006

ITR Auditorium


Moonlit and magical, the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s TOWER Season of Giselle is the quintessential Romantic ballet. It is a story of love and betrayal, and ultimately forgiveness, as poignant today as it was at the first performance in 1841.

In a superbly atmospheric production, Artistic Director Gary Harris fulfils a love affair he has had with the ballet since he was a teenager. For the first time in his 35 year career he restages this masterpiece, sparing nothing to capture the emotional depth and drama of this enduring classic.

"I’m drawing on everything I’ve ever learned. It’s important for dancers to go back to their roots and really understand this work," says Harris.

"For dancers and dance lovers alike, Giselle is an incredible gift from the past."

Assisting Harris is New Zealand’s most accomplished Giselle, Sherilyn Kennedy, who danced the famous role as a principal dancer with the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in London.

"My focus is to bring this great ballet alive for the young dancers of the RNZB so they are able to impart to the audience this great tragic love story and find it rewarding to do."

The RNZB first performed excerpts of Giselle in 1954 with additional choreography by the company’s founder, Poul Gnatt. Sara Neil restaged a full production in 1965, and productions have followed by Bryan Ashbridge (1973), Dorothea Ashbridge and Harry Haythorne (1981) and Ashley Killar (1993).