Thursday, August 15, 2013
Giselle: The Movie opens in cinemas across the country today
Giselle is acclaimed director Toa Fraser's (No. 2, Dean Spanley) interpretation of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's renowned 2012 production.
The haunting story of love, jealousy and betrayal
has been reinterpreted by Fraser to include both the on-stage
performance of the ballet and an off-stage romance - interwoven
with the ballet - that tells of two itinerant dancers, separated by
time, distance and their abiding love for each other.
First performed in Paris in 1841, and based on a
poem by Heinrich Heine, Giselle tells the story of two
star-crossed lovers: Giselle, a delicate village beauty who loves
to dance, and a prince, disguised as a commoner, who is entranced
and woos her away from her devoted suitor. They fall in love, but
before he has the chance to disentangle himself from an
inconvenient betrothal, his lie is revealed.
Audiences will quickly recognise that
Giselle is an exceptionally powerful film. Ethan Stiefel
and Johan Kobborg's staging and choreography are a sight to behold
and the peerless set of dancers, principally, Prima Ballerina
Gillian Murphy as Giselle and Qi Huan as Albrecht, create magic
through their telling of the story.
The filming of Giselle began in October
and November 2012 in the lead up to the ballet's eight-centre New
Zealand tour and three-week tour of China. Featuring a score
performed by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, the film departs
occasionally from the hauntingly evocative stage settings and
places the lovers within a real-world frame in New York and
Shanghai. Find out more and watch the trailer here.