American Ballet Theatre: Giselle

Opera House

An exciting new generation of ABT’s international stars comes to D.C. for one of the world’s most cherished ballets; the company last performed it in our Opera House nearly 15 years ago. Considered a quintessential tale of unrequited love, heartbreaking loss, and triumphant forgiveness, Giselle remains a timeless favorite.

Feb. 11 - 16, 2020

  • Genre

    Opera House

  • Price Range

    $49.00 – $295.00

  • Runtime

    Approx. 2 hours and 5 mins.

  • Live Music By

    The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Katherine Williams, photo by Rosalie O'Connor

Program

American Ballet Theatre
“An enduring classic… gives [ABT’s] fans their richest reward”—The New York Times
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Giselle

Christened “America’s National Ballet Company”® by an act of Congress in 2006, ABT has danced every season at the Kennedy Center since we opened our doors in 1971. An exciting new generation of ABT’s international stars now comes to D.C. for one of the world’s most cherished ballets; the company last performed it in our Opera House nearly 15 years ago.

Considered a quintessential tale of unrequited love, heartbreaking loss, and triumphant forgiveness, Giselle remains a timeless favorite. Critics and audiences rave that Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie’s staging is most pure to the versions handed down by the masters Petipa, Coralli, and Perrot. A perfect fusion of music, movement, and drama, Giselle has been called “American Ballet Theatre’s best, most moving classical production” by the New York Post. Charmingly rustic sets and costumes draw audiences into the story of the innocent yet noble village maiden—while classic moments such as the Peasant Pas de Deux, Giselle’s hops on pointe, and the ethereal Wilis in white mesmerize seasoned balletgoers and new audiences alike.

Act I: 55 minutes

Intermission: 20 minutes

Act II: 50 minutes

Casting Update as of Feb. 13

Misty Copeland is injured and unable to perform.

In the February 13 performance, Giselle will be danced by Skylar Brandt.

Video

An Enduring Classic

Christened “America’s National Ballet Company”® by an act of Congress in 2006, ABT has danced every season at the Kennedy Center since we opened our doors in 1971. An exciting new generation of ABT’s international stars now comes to D.C. for one of the world’s most cherished ballets; the company last performed it in our Opera House nearly 15 years ago.

American Ballet Theatre: Giselle | The Kennedy Center

Principal Casting

subject to change

  • Tuesday, February 11 Evening Performance

    Giselle: Seo
    Albrecht: Stearns
    Myrta: Teuscher

  • Wednesday, February 12 Evening Performance

    Giselle: Lane
    Albrecht: Simkin
    Myrta: Hurlin

  • Thursday, February 13 Evening Performance

    Giselle: Brandt
    Albrecht: Cornejo
    Myrta: Shevchenko

  • Friday, February 14 Evening Performance

    Giselle: Boylston
    Albrecht: Bell
    Myrta: Williams

  • Saturday, February 15 Matinee Performance

    Giselle: Abrera
    Albrecht: Whiteside
    Myrta: Teuscher

  • Saturday, February 15 Evening Performance

    Giselle: Murphy
    Albrecht: Forster
    Myrta: Williams

  • Sunday, February 16 Matinee Performance

    Giselle: Brandt
    Albrecht: Ahn
    Myrta: Hurlin

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Working Rehearsal: American Ballet Theatre

Join dance scholars for an insider's look at American Ballet Theatre as they prepare onstage for performance. Dance scholars provide informational commentary, via wireless headsets, about the choreography, dancers, and history of the form as the companies rehearse on stage. Headset is included with the ticket and distributed before the rehearsal at the Assisted Listening Device Booth in the Hall of States. Seating location is at the discretion of the company.

 

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