One of the most romantic and beloved ballets about love’s triumph over treachery and death comes to life on the CCM stage as the Ballet Ensemble presents Giselle in the Patricia Corbett Theater on May 27-29.
Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has become one of the most popular ballets of all time and is considered ballet’s great tragedy. Giselle tells the story of a young peasant girl seduced and betrayed by a nobleman. Having died of a broken heart, Giselle joins the ranks of the supernatural Wilis – women scorned before their wedding day and left to seek revenge for eternity. In the end, Giselle’s ghost tries to protect her lover from the vengeance of this group of evil female spirits.
For CCM’s production of the classical ballet, four different dancers will play the title character, taking on both an artistically and technically challenging role. Senior CCM dance student Kaitlin Frankenfield, who plays Giselle during one of the performances, has also faced the challenge of presenting her own interpretation of the lead character.
“A lot of this role involves watching and learning before going into the studio, where you need to relate with all the dancers on stage and use your personal experiences to pour into your own version of the role,” said Frankenfield, who is looking forward to concluding her undergraduate dance career with this production. “This is the perfect role for showing what I’ve gained from being here at CCM and how much I’ve changed as a dancer.”
Along with the four dancers portraying Giselle, four different male dancers will play opposite them in the role of Albrecht, Giselle’s lover. The CCM Dance Division aims to involve as many students as possible in its story ballet productions, which are typically only produced every few years. This allows more students to experience the demands of performing in well-known ballet standards.
“Our job is to create dancers, and we want to give as many students as possible the opportunity to take on the challenge of this ballet’s lead roles, no matter how much work it takes to prepare,” said Jiang Qi, CCM associate professor of dance and director of Giselle. “Each of the dancers will bring out different aspects of their characters, which really creates four unique shows.”
CCM’s production of Giselle will feature guest artist Anthony Krutzkamp, a principal with the Cincinnati Ballet who is a current University of Cincinnati student. He will dance opposite CCM dance student Courtney Connor, who is also with the Cincinnati Ballet (full cast list below).
In addition to Jiang, CCM dance faculty members Shellie Cash, CCM Dance Division head; Deirdre Carberry, assistant professor of dance; and Michael Tevlin, associate professor of dance, are involved with the production. With the great collaboration and effort that goes into producing a large-scale ballet, faculty and students are looking forward to presenting one of ballet’s masterpieces for their audiences.
“I hope that the audience sees all of us really transport ourselves in this ballet and sees how the dance division comes together to produce this pillar of ballet,” said Frankenfield.
8 p.m. Friday, May 27
2:30 & 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28
2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
$15 general admission, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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Cast list – Principals
Giselle…………………Courtney Connor (May 27), Carol Tang (May 28, 2:30 p.m.), Kaitlin Frankenfield (May 28, 8 p.m.) & Emma McGirr (May 29)
Albrecht……………….Anthony Krutzkamp (May 27), Aaron Hanekamp (May 28, 2:30 p.m.), Will Gasch (May 28, 8 p.m.) & Kyle J. Coleman (May 29)
Hilarion………………..Clayton Mandly (May 27 & May 28, 8 p.m.) & Grady Long (May 28, 2:30 p.m. & May 29)
Note: cast schedule subject to change.
The Dance Division gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.