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Charleston Ballet presents ‘Giselle’

By Staff | Feb 26, 2020


CHARLESTON, W.Va – The 64th season of the Charleston Ballet continues with the haunting, dramatic ballet, GISELLE. The full-length work will be presented on March 20 and 21, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the Charleston Convention Center Theater.

Betrayal and heartbreak set the stage in this supernatural story plot with iconic costumes and Adolphe Adam’s breathtaking music. A village maiden, Giselle, falls in love with Albrecht, a prince disguised as a peasant. She dies of heartbreak when he betrays her. After death, she joins the “Wilis”, maidens that died before their wedding day and with their power, force men to dance to their death. Considered one of the world’s most beloved romantic ballets, GISELLE has remained in the repertory of every major ballet company in the world for over 175 years. The company will be joined by guest dancers from Columbia Classical Ballet of South Carolina to complete the large cast for this popular classic.

This will be the final performance in the 2019-2020 season, DIRECTOR’S CHOICE, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Artistic Director, Kim R. Pauley. The ballet encourages audiences to purchase tickets in advance to avoid box office traffic and take advantage of early ticket pricing, a saving of $5.00. Tickets may be purchased at the Charleston Ballet offices, the Charleston Convention Center Box Office, or Backstage Bodywear.

The Charleston Ballet was founded by Andre Van Damme in 1956. Mr. Van Damme traveled to the United States from his native Belgium where he was the first-star dancer at the Opera. He founded the ballet company for talented West Virginia dancers to develop their artistic gifts and to educate and entertain local audiences with dance performances. The Charleston Ballet was named the Official West Virginia State Ballet Company in 1972. Kim R. Pauley became the artistic director upon his death and continues the company’s mission. The company has a reputation of high-quality professional performances, artistic integrity, and strong social conscience. The company’s history is now documented in the Emmy Award-winning film ANDRE VAN DAMME AND THE STORY OF THE CHARLESTON BALLET.

For tickets and information about the company, upcoming season performances, or classes at its school, contact the Charleston Ballet at 304-342-6541, online at info@thecharlestonballet.com, tickets@thecharlestonballet.com or visit our website at www.thecharlestonballet.com.