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Ben Stevensons Giselle
Artistry is in Romantic Motion for the 2011-2012 Season
Modern romance melds with a timeless elegance as Texas Ballet Theater opens with Ben Stevenson’s original adaptation of the epic Giselle.
(Dallas / Fort Worth, TX – August 23, 2011)… Every art form has its classical canon. Ballet is no exception. Texas Ballet Theater pushes audiences to the depths of their inner beings as it launches its 2011-2012 season with the experience of redemptive love in Artistic Director Ben Stevenson’s original adaptation of the hauntingly beautiful tale Giselle. Set against the grand backdrop of the Bass Performance Hall the weekend of October 21st through 23rd, Giselle will delight and move audiences as it tests the bounds of true love, even after death.
One of the most romantic and visually striking works in the classical canon, Giselle invites its viewers to share in the young village girl's heartbreak as she is betrayed by her beloved, and destined in death to join the ranks of the Wilis, maiden spirits intent on dancing their former lovers to death. Only the devotion in Giselle's heart can save her love from meeting his end, ultimately transcending death with forgiveness.
The evocative elegance of Stevenson’s artistic lines will be draped by grandiose costumes and lavish scenery generously provided by the American Ballet Theater – homage to that company’s critically acclaimed adaptation of the timeless classic.
Ballet has evolved since Giselle premiered in 1841. But clearly, the audience desire for a good story well told is the same as it ever was. Patrons of the arts will appreciate the timeless elegance of the French Romantic icon. The ballet neophyte will be whisked into the dramatic excitement of this riveting love saga. Stevenson has set the standard for a new season of ballet that truly is “Artistry in Motion” as it enchants generations of theatergoers with more “hauntingly beautiful” flights of fancy with the performances of Dracula and the Nutcracker. With tales such as these, a trip to the ballet is not just a night on the town but an unrivaled getaway.
Tickets for this breathtaking ballet, Giselle, range from $19 - $99 and can be purchased at www.texasballet.org, by calling the ballet box office at 877-828-9200, or in person at the ballet offices at 1600 Green Oaks Rd. in Fort Worth, TX. To ring in the new season, a very special pre-performance Opening Night Dinner will be held at Bass Performance Hall on Friday, October 21 at 6 pm prior to curtain. Tickets to this very intimate affair are $100 per person and may be purchased separately by calling Jeanne Cassidy at 817-763-0207 x-110.
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About Texas Ballet Theater
Founded in 1961, Texas Ballet Theater is the premier professional ballet company in North Texas. Under Artistic Director Ben Stevenson O.B.E., the ballet brings unprecedented talent, beauty and artistic expression to the stages of the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth and the AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in Dallas. For more information, please visit www.texasballettheater.org.