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The Royal Ballet Cinema Season

Classical Ballets on the Big Screen


Date: Monday, January 27

Time: 7:00 PM local time

Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes (approximate) (includes one intermission)

Ticketing: Tickets are available by clicking on the orange “Buy Tickets” button. If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating cinema.

Special Fathom Features: Behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet with exclusive cast interviews.

NCM Fathom Events, Mr. Wolf, Arts Alliance Media and the Royal Opera House invite you to experience a haunting tale of betrayal and enduring love when Giselle, the story of a peasant girl who has fallen in love with Count Albrecht, who has led her to believe that he is a villager named Loys and her discovery of his true identity which has devastating consequences, comes to the big screen in a special one-night event on Monday, January 27 at 7:00pm (local time) in select cinemas nationwide.

This quintessential story brings together an engaging mix of human passions, supernatural forces, and the transcendent power of self-sacrificing love. 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 final gesture of forgiveness from beyond the grave.

The first act of the ballet is filled with historical detail and rustic color. 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. With its combination of memorable story and exquisite choreography, Giselle is the perfect way to discover classical ballet.

The production by Sir Peter Wright catches the atmosphere of this great romantic ballet, especially in the perfection of its White Act, with ghostly maidens drifting through the forest in spectacular patterns – one of the most famous of any scenes for the corps de ballet. Giselle dances with lightness and fragility, giving the impression of floating through the mist. This is one of The Royal Ballet’s most loved and admired productions, faithful to the spirit of the 1841 original, yet always fresh at each revival.

Photograph: (© Bill Cooper, 2008)

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