By Heather Toner
This week has been particularly exciting for me at work, because the Royal New Zealand Ballet are in town, prepping to perform their new production of Giselle, co-choreographed by artistic director (and ballet star) Ethan Stiefel. The production opens tomorrow in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and runs just through the weekend. The beautiful Gillian Murphy is dancing the title role in two performances and the whole company brings new life to the historic ballet - adding layers of complexity to the characters while maintaining the classically tragic romance of the story.
Giselle was one of the first full-length ballets I learned about as a young dancer, and I simply fell in love with the drama of it all. It's one of the oldest ballet's still being performed today, making it a must-see for any dancer in training, and amazingly, it still holds up both in the vitality of the story and the technical difficulty of the dancing.
Go see it this weekend and I promise, you'll be glad you did!