Fathom Events, the folks that brought Rise to theaters earlier this year, is upping the ante this July, when the bring Giselle to theaters in 3D. Before you say it, lemme just stop you right there; no, it’s not the model. It’s the ballet. And yeah, it’s kinda badass for a ballet. We’re talking madness, death, vengeful ghosts and dancing a cemetery. Even with the “not your momma’s ballet” type of storyline, Giselle is one of the most popular roles in ballet (all apologies to Black Swan.) So the dancing? Will be epic.
So that’s the good news. The bad? It’s in limited release, the only theaters showing it in the Baltimore area are Snowden Square in Columbia and Cinemark Egyptian at Arundel Mills. And it’s a one-day-only showing, on July 12th at noon and 7:30pm.
From the official press release:
Giselle is the story of a simple village girl who falls deeply in love with a dashing prince disguised as a peasant. The idyllic pastoral scene is shattered by an act of betrayal and the ensuing heartbreak. In the ballet’s second act, Giselle haunts the stage with her host of vengeful spirits, but ultimately the strength of her love transcends even death and bestows forgiveness upon her repentant lover. The ballet stars Natalia Osipova as Giselle with Leonid Sarafanov as Count Albert.
As for the troupe itself?
Ever since its founding in 1860, the legendary Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia has been at the forefront of artistic and musical development which continues today with Giselle in 3D, the first-ever worldwide release of a ballet in 3-D. For more than 20 years the Mariinsky Theatre has been led by Maestro Valery Gergiev who has transformed the Mariinsky into a global theatre presenting international tours in dozens of countries each year. He has also made technology and media a critically important part of the Mariinsky with the launch of its Mariinsky Label and various other initiatives including this groundbreaking 3-D project. The US release of Giselle in 3D coincides with the Mariinsky Ballet’s residency at the Metropolitan Opera House during the Lincoln Center Festival. The company performs three programs multiple times beginning on July 11. For more information on the Mariinsky Theatre please visit: www.mariinsky.ru.
For more information, or to see a full list of the theaters that will be showing Giselle, visit the Web site.