Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY presents the world premiere of @giselle, a technology-driven, contemporary reinvention of the beloved romantic ballet classic, this September at the Vancouver Playhouse.
Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY’s @giselle
Where: Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
When: September 5 to 7, 2019 at 7:30pm
Tickets: Available online now. VIP tickets are also available that include a reception.
Born out of Reimagining Giselle, a shorter work commissioned by The Royal Ballet in London, UK, this full-length narrative work will be brought to life by ballet superstars from American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada, and Pennsylvania Ballet. Directed and choreographed by Vancouverite and company founder Joshua Beamish, this innovative production will explore the connections and parallels between the original classical ballet and our understandings of love, sex, and relationships in a world mediated by dating apps, digital illusions, and fleeting encounters.
The original version of Giselle, which premiered in 1841 — by what is now known as the Paris Opera Ballet, is based on a German legend, and follows a young peasant girl’s journey through the many dimensions of love and betrayal. Giselle dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover, Albrecht, is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of mystic and supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave.
@giselle updates the narrative to present day by telling the story of a character named Giselle who is betrayed, isolated, and ghosted by her romantic partner on social media. In a state of heightened anxiety, Giselle livestreams her untimely death. Later in the work, she returns to haunt her male tormentors in motion-captured animated data particles projected onto the bodies of the live dance artists, creating a haunting tension between live and digital realities.
Win a Date Night
I’m giving away a Date Night experience that includes:
- A pair of tickets to attend the opening night performance of Joshua Beamish / MOVETHECOMPANY’s presentation of @giselle on September 5th
- A one night stay for two guests at The Westin Bayshore, a seaside Downtown Vancouver Hotel offering a gateway to romance and inspired revitalization.
Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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Follow Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY on Facebook and Twitter for more info. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Friday, August 23, 2019.
UPDATE The winner is Laura!