18may(may 18)7:30 pm19(may 19)7:30 pmJoshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY Presents the Technology-Infused @giselleMODERN REIMAGINING OF THE ROMANTIC CLASSIC BALLET Betsy McBride, American Ballet Theatre - Giselle Harrison James, The National Ballet of Canada - Albrecht Sterling Baca, Philadelphia Ballet – Hilarion A NEW YORK PREMIERE
New York, NY — Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY
New York, NY — Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY presents @giselle, a technology-driven, contemporary reinvention of the beloved romantic ballet classic, May 18-19, 2023 at 7:30pm at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater, co-presented by The CUNY Dance Initiative and The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 West 59th Street, NYC).
Born out of Reimagining Giselle, a shorter work commissioned by The Royal Ballet in London and further developed through a residency at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Pocantico Center, this full-length narrative production will be brought to life by ballet stars; Betsy McBride, soloist with American Ballet Theatre, performing the title role of Giselle; Harrison James, principal dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, dancing the role of Albrecht; and Sterling Baca, principal dancer with Philadelphia Ballet, as Hilarion. Fangqi Li, from ABT, will perform the role of Bathilde, and former Ballet Frankfurt and PACT Ballet Johannesburg dancer Beverley Bagg will perform the role of Berthe. The all-star ensemble will be supported by additional ensemble talent from Canada and the US.
Directed and choreographed by Joshua Beamish, this innovative production explores connections between the original classical ballet and our understandings of love, sex, and relationships in a world mediated by dating apps, digital illusions, and fleeting encounters.
@giselle updates the narrative to the present, telling the story of a young woman named Giselle who is betrayed, isolated, and ghosted by her romantic partner on social media. In a state of extreme anxiety, Giselle livestreams her premature death and later returns to haunt her male tormentors in the form of motion-captured holograms projected onto the bodies of live dancers, creating a haunting tension between live and digital realities.
Highlighting the ways that Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook have profoundly denatured the ways we fall in and out of love, @giselle is a bracing new vision of a classic tale that also raises the spectre of persistent male power in light of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
Beamish shares, “@giselle is a careful examination of the evaporation of romance in our culture, and the isolation, narcissism, and lack of accountability that social networks have fueled. By reimagining this story with motion capture technologies and a social media framework, I want to challenge audiences to consider the ways technology is changing the very nature of modern love and relationships.”
Beamish is hailed as possessing “an enviable reputation for a choreographic style that emphasizes speed, clarity, and a dazzling array of body isolations” (Toronto Star) — with his work touted as “absolutely singular” (The Globe and Mail).
DRA Opening Night Performance & Celebration Reception
The New York premiere of @giselle will be celebrated in partnership with Dancers Responding to AIDS, who relies on the extraordinary compassion and efforts of the performing arts community to fund a safety net of social services for those in need. As a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, DRA supports the essential programs of The Entertainment Community Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative and The Dancers’ Resource, as well as more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.
Exclusive VIP tickets to the Opening Night Performance & Celebration Reception benefit DRA and include top tier seating, a meet-and-greet with Artistic Director Joshua Beamish, champagne & lite fare. The Celebration Reception is sponsored by Joanna Fisher.
18 (Thursday) 7:30 pm - 19 (Friday) 7:30 pm