Doug Fullington (Education Programs Manager) reminds us how PNB's Giselle is unique and why it remains the greatest romantic ballet of its time.
Jérôme Kaplan is one of the most sought after designers working in ballet today. We're fortunate to be able to work with him on our unique production of Giselle.
The Victorians had a strong predilection for the mysterious and the supernatural. So when Giselle premiered in 1841, it was an immediate success.
The Victorians loved nature and the symbolism of plants and flowers. Find out more from Doug Fullington.
Principal dancers Lesley Rausch and Seth Orza perform in Act II of Giselle.
Amanda and Jahna tell us what it's like to be a wili in Giselle.
Soloist Margaret Mullin shows us some fancy footwork in the Peasant Variation.
Take a minute to enjoy principal dancer James Moore rehearsing the Peasant Variation.
Witness Kaori Nakamura's final photo shoot modeling the beautiful designs of Jerome Kaplan.
"...Comparable to an epic film for its sweep, character development, story lines and visual stimuli." —LA Times
Nearly half of Giselle is made up of action and pantomime scenes. If you're curious about what the dancers are "saying", here are some subtitles.
Featuring principal dancer, Lucien Postlewaite as Albrecht in Act II of Giselle.
Principal dancer Carla Körbes talks about her experience in preparing for her first performance of Giselle in 2011.
Behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and personal insight from principal dancer Karel Cruz in 2011.
PNB re-staged Giselle in 2011, using newly-discovered manuscripts combined with the original notations from the 19th century.
PNB revived two scenes from the second act of Giselle that are often omitted in modern performances.
On January 9 2011, the sold-out lecture-demonstration "Pacific Northwest BalletGiselle Revisited," a Works & Process program at the Guggenheim in New York City, was streamed live. In the program, PNB dancers performed excerpts from Peter Boal's new staging of Giselle (June 2011) and Boal discussed the production with dance scholars Doug Fullington and Marian Smith.
The 80-minute program is available for viewing online: Pacific Northwest BalletGiselle Revisited