Giselle By Dada Masilo
A feminist revision of the classic ballet.
$45, $35 | $5 Fairfield University students
QCA Member price: $27
Feel like you’re seeing double?
This year the Quick offers you a double dose of Giselle – one from South Africa and one from Russia. We encourage you to experience both. Experience the Moscow Festival Ballet’s traditional masterpiece and then reimagine the story with Dada Masilo as she brings a contemporary voice to a classic tale. Join us for both variations of Giselle for just $85 (Section A only).
If you witnessed William Kentridge’s Refuse the Hour at Yale or BAM a few seasons ago, then you are well aware of the extraordinary power and magnetism of dancer and choreographer, Dada Masilo. She has a deep love for the classics – from Shakespeare to Tchaikovsky, from Ballet to Flamenco. She has impressed with her signature speed and is known to imbue her roles with a precocious theatricality. She has also been amazingly daring, tackling the `big’ stories and boldly fusing dance techniques; musically, mixing the original scores with twentieth century composers and performers.
After receiving critical acclaim for her previous reinterpretations of great classics including Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, and Swan Lake, Masilo has set her sights on a new story. Masilo’s latest reimagining of Giselle will be a feminist revision of the classic. Masilo's vision will be of grief, heartbreak, anger, and revenge. As her hashtag notes #NOTAPRETTYBALLET
Masilo has engaged the services of South African composer Philip Miller, to create a new score, influenced somewhat by the original music by Adolphe Adam.