Event Alpenstadt Chur

Giselle

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The masterpiece of romantic ballet, full of love and enthusiasm told, danced and embodied by Samantha van Wissen.

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Price CHF 30.00 / 15.00 / 10.00
Ort Theatre Chur

At first, it seems like a lecture performance: A woman alone on a white surface, she introduces herself and gives a charming and eloquent overview of what she has in mind: she wants to talk about the masterpiece of romantic ballet par excellence, about "Giselle". But there are the four musicians in the background: harp, violin, flute and a saxophone. And there the rhinestones glitter in the actress's sweater – small promises of glamour.

What happens then is astonishing: you look at the white, empty surface and still see the whole romantic ballet unfold: sketched, danced and played, one scene follows the other. The imagination of the spectators, triggered by a great performer and small shreds of romantic music, completes the design of the picture. This is a very collective event, a declaration of love to the theater and it is, after this long time that we sat more on sofas than in auditoriums, incredibly liberating.

This evening, directed by François Gremaud, lives with and through Samantha van Wissen: as a dancer in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Company Rosas, she is no ordinary narrator. She captivates with unusually comedic talent, her humor is fine and consistently warm, never disrespectful. The Lausanne director has given her his «Giselle...» truly written on the body. In his version of the classic, he succeeds in taking an ironic look at the world of ballet with complete devotion to the elegance of the original. The fact that this can be done both and often at the same time is the really amazing highlight of this evening. One laughs at many things that are no longer quite contemporary in a romantic ballet, to say the least: about the bourgeois convention of clapping, about the rather macho grip of the protagonist on the protagonist, about the extremely tight trousers of the dancers and the tiny wings on the back of the dancers. And yet, like a child, you wish that the music doesn't stop, Giselle doesn't die and her love is never disappointed.

French with German surtitles.

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