Welcome to excerpts from American Repertory Ballet's GISELLE, online! First presented in France, 1841, this ballet in two acts remains a beloved classic due to its exquisite beauty and transcendent themes of love and forgiveness.
Our full-length production of Giselle, which premiered February 14, 2020, is a unique collaboration between renowned designers and an artistic team of Cuban and American stagers, including Ana Novoa, Aydmara Cabrera, José Manuel Carreño, and Ian Hussey. Every detail – from tulle skirts to thatched roofs and nuanced pantomime – has been developed from the vision and heritage these artists possess. Each moment is steeped in legacy while giving dancers the knowledge and freedom to make it their own.
"This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life." ~ Aldeir Monteiro, ARB Dancer
"Being able to work with José Manuel Carreño was a childhood dream come true. I grew up watching his videos and I identified with him (a Latino male ballet dancer). He was the main driving force as to why I decided to pursue a career in ballet." ~ Ruben Rascon, ARB Dancer
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to present Giselle at McCarter Theatre this weekend as planned. But we hope you will enjoy these excerpts, a montage of footage we were able to capture on February 16th at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, and consider making a donation in support of our artists. We are committed to paying their salaries during this time of crisis, even though they are unable to perform for you in-person.
Thank you, be well, and enjoy!
Julie Diana Hench