The popular ballet "Giselle' long has been a hit with fans of classical ballet.
The Joffrey Ballet recently unveiled the Chicago premiere of a stunning version of "Giselle." The production continues through Oct. 29.
This current rendition of the ballet is an adaptation from acclaimed choreographer Lola de Avila. De Avila's choreography stands out for its grace, poignant movement and passion.
"Giselle" is considered one of the most romantic of the classical ballets. It's set in the Middle Ages and revolves around themes of passion, love, betrayal and deception. The ballet is the story of the young woman Giselle, who dies of a broken heart.
The last time The Joffrey Ballet performed the work was 10 years ago when Ashley Wheater took on his role as artistic director of the company.
"This is a ballet that should be part of any company's repertoire," Wheater has said, about "Giselle." On opening night of the ballet, Wheater was honored for his decade with the company and the diverse growth of the troupe.
Starring in the role of Giselle in this show is Victoria Jaiani while Jaiani's real life husband Temur Suluashvili dances the role of love interest Albrecht. Joffrey troupe dancer April Daly stars as Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, while Rory Hohenstein performs the role of Hilarion, who is also in love with Giselle.
Jaiani always shines in whatever role she takes on. Her portrayal of Giselle is also a winner for its sheer beauty of movement and energy. Suluashvili displays a powerful performance throughout. Jaiani and Suluashvili prove a beautiful duo on stage.
Dancers Daly and Hohenstein also turn in superb performances. This production of "Giselle" is the first production in the Joffrey's 2017-18 season.
FYI: The Joffrey Ballet presents "Giselle" through Oct. 29 at The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Tickets are $34 to $174. Call 312-386-8905. Visit joffrey.org.