When Petipa’s Giselle opened the Houston Ballet season in 1967, it marked a turning point; the city could and would support a company of international acclaim. While it remains a supreme example of 19th-century balletic Romanticism, Stanton Welch’s Giselle was created entirely on Company dancers, many of whom will return to their original roles for this production. In this story of a peasant girl deceived by an aristocrat disguised as a commoner, the emotions of love, betrayal and redemption play out in stunning simplicity. With sets and costumes by acclaimed Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno, Welch’s Giselle is one of the most beautiful ever produced.
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