Colorado Ballet's ‘Giselle’ tells romantic tale through dance

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Gill Boggs, Colorado Ballet’s artistic director, says “Giselle’ is his favorite ballet: “It is the epitome of a classical ballet, demonstrating love, betrayal, death and forgiveness.”

“Giselle,” with choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and music by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the Colorado Ballet, with live orchestra, from Oct. 4 to 13 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

A count in disguise falls in love with Giselle, a beautiful, but fragile, peasant girl. She discovers who the count really is and that he’s engaged to another woman and dies of a broken heart.

She becomes a Wili, a vengeful spirit who has suffered unrequited love when alive and is destined to roam the earth, trapping men and dancing them to death. Only Giselle can save the count when he enters the Wili’s influence ...

Other Colorado Ballet news: Veteran dancer and teacher Valerie Madonia was hired as academy director, while Anne O’Connor moved from that position to director of education and community partnerships.

The partnerships will include connections with the Santa Fe Arts District, where the company will move when its new headquarters at 11th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive are renovated. The South and Central Academies, where young dancers are trained, have been combined, due to the additional space available.

Colorado Ballet’s 2013-2014 season continues with:

• Nov. 30-Dec. 28 — “The Nutcracker”

• Feb. 14-23 — “Cinderella”

• Mar. 28-30 — “Director’s Choice” innovative works