5 reasons to watch Ballet Manila’s ‘Giselle’
1. Tragic love story
This ballet classic has all the ingredients of a Filipino drama. Love, betrayal, death, forgiveness and redemption are all wrapped up in one intense package that holds the audience in its grip, with Albrecht and Giselle as the couple caught in an ill-fated relationship.
2. Famous pas de deux
Talented artists get to shine in the Peasant Pas de Deux, a highlight of Act 1, as they take on the challenge of executing stamina-testing variations that celebrate the best in classical dancing.
3. Major breakdown scene
The ballet delivers a big moment when Giselle unravels after learning of Albrecht’s betrayal. The “Mad Scene” showcases the depth of her emotions, from despair to agony, ultimately leading to her passing in her lover’s arms.
4. Dance of the brokenhearted
The Wilis – the spirits of young women who die before their wedding – provide a hauntingly beautiful element. They are brought to eerie life by a corps of ballerinas who, in their flowing white tutus, move in perfect sync.
5. Vengeful queen
Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, is as wicked as villains come. She can strike fear with just one piercing stare, and as she commands her willowy troop to exact revenge on erring men by making them dance to their deaths.
Giselle will be on stage for one night on October 17, Thursday at 8 p.m., at the CCP Main Theater. For tickets, email email@example.com or call 0918 807 7148.