The woman who taught Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch how to dance is staging the companys new production of Giselle. Ai-Gul Gaisina, previously of the Kirov and Stanislavsky Ballet Theatre, counts Welch among her former star students. Working with the three dancers sharing the role of Giselle Danielle Rowe, Sara Webb and Karina Gonzalez Gaisina is bringing a decidedly Russian flair to the story of a beautiful young peasant girl who falls in love with the dashing Count Albrecht. When Giselle discovers his infidelity, she dies of a broken heart and is transformed into a Wili, a ghost that exacts revenge on unfaithful lovers. The second offering on the program is Welchs Indigo, a 25-minute piece that explores the seven colors of a persons chakra.
A little Houston Ballet trivia for dance buffs: Giselle and Indigo represent two firsts for the company. Giselle was the first-ever full-length production by the Houston Ballet in 1967, and Indigo was the first work Stanton Welch choreographed for the company when he came to Houston in 1999.
See Giselle and Indigo at 7:30 p.m. September 22. Through October 2. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For a full schedule, call 713‑227-2787 or visit www.houstonballet.org. $18 to $148.
Thu., Sept. 22; Sat., Sept. 24; Sun., Sept. 25; Fri., Sept. 30; Sat., Oct. 1; Sun., Oct. 2, 2011
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