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First produced in 1841 at the Paris Opera, Giselle is perhaps the best known and most poignant ballet of the Romantic era. Set in a medieval Rhineland village, it tells of Giselle, a naive peasant girl, who is driven to suicide when deceived by her aristocratic lover, Albrecht. Filled with remorse, Albrecht visits her moonlit grave where he is condemned to death by ghostly spirits - the Wilis. However Giselle's love for Albrecht transcends death and she protects him until sunrise destroys the Wilis power and he is saved.
A mixed bill incluing an interpretation of the Madam Butterfly story.
A hard-working but poor shoemaker struggles to earn enough money to support his family. The kind-hearted man decides to give his final pair of shoes, all he has left in the world, to a poor lady in need of help. The next morning the shoemaker awakes to find that his last piece of leather has been transformed into the most magnificent pair of shoes overnight. He discovers that not only are the shoes beautiful; they are also magical. Who is the mysterious maker of these marvellous shoes? Retelling the famous Brothers Grimm story, Elves & the Shoemaker is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre. Age 3+. Running time: approx 40mins
Phoenix Dance Company are one of the leading exponents of contemporary dance.
Sleeping Beauty is the much-loved tale of a cursed princess doomed to sleep for one hundred years. However, the enchantment is finally broken with an handsome prince awakens when with a kiss.
The Snow Princess wishes to leave her winter forest to live with humans. However, she is unable to feel any emotions. The temptation to know what love is becomes too strong and she asks her mother (Spring) to grant her wish. As she finally experiences the passion she melts under the sun's fatal rays.