Romantic, mystical and lyrical, the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Giselle, created by Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg, is a timeless production of one of ballet’s great stories.
Former RNZB Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel and celebrated principal dancer, choreographer and director Johan Kobborg’s acclaimed production of Giselle first toured New Zealand in 2012 to sell-out audiences, returning in 2016 to great acclaim. Performed by the RNZB in China, the USA, the UK and Italy, and turned into a feature film by director Toa Fraser, Giselle has captivated audiences and critics alike. In 2021, New Zealand audiences will have the opportunity to see this masterpiece once again, as the RNZB tours this signature production to six centres nationwide and a new generation of dancers take on some of ballet’s most iconic roles.
Conducted by Principal Conductor Hamish McKeich, Adolphe Adam’s lyrical score will be performed live by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
The quintessential Romantic ballet, Giselle is a perfect fusion of every element that makes ballet so special: touching, human characters, a romantic story, beautiful choreography – from pure classical ballet to folk dances – in a wonderful setting.
RNZB Open House - Saturday 29 May, 10am - 1pm
Have you ever wondered what happens before the curtain rises on the show? Explore the dancers’ world of classes, costumes and pointe shoes, up close. Watch them prepare for the performance with Class on Stage (11:15am - 12:30pm) and enjoy talks about aspects of their fascinating work. Entry is free, no bookings required and you don't need to be an RNZB subscriber or ticket-holder to attend – just join us on the day.