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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Giselle: The Movie opens in cinemas across the country today

Giselle is acclaimed director Toa Fraser's (No. 2, Dean Spanley) interpretation of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's renowned 2012 production.

The haunting story of love, jealousy and betrayal has been reinterpreted by Fraser to include both the on-stage performance of the ballet and an off-stage romance - interwoven with the ballet - that tells of two itinerant dancers, separated by time, distance and their abiding love for each other.

First performed in Paris in 1841, and based on a poem by Heinrich Heine, Giselle tells the story of two star-crossed lovers: Giselle, a delicate village beauty who loves to dance, and a prince, disguised as a commoner, who is entranced and woos her away from her devoted suitor. They fall in love, but before he has the chance to disentangle himself from an inconvenient betrothal, his lie is revealed.

Audiences will quickly recognise that Giselle is an exceptionally powerful film. Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg's staging and choreography are a sight to behold and the peerless set of dancers, principally, Prima Ballerina Gillian Murphy as Giselle and Qi Huan as Albrecht, create magic through their telling of the story. 

The filming of Giselle began in October and November 2012 in the lead up to the ballet's eight-centre New Zealand tour and three-week tour of China. Featuring a score performed by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, the film departs occasionally from the hauntingly evocative stage settings and places the lovers within a real-world frame in New York and Shanghai. Find out more and watch the trailer here.