Address: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave.
The State Ballet of Rhode Island performs its signature dramatic ballet, Giselle, a timeless love story of romance, betrayal, deception and forgiveness, on March 22 and 23, 2013.
Under the artistic direction of Herci Marsden, SBRI will perform one of the world’s oldest ballets, Giselle, set to music by Adolphe Adam. Performances will be held at Rhode Island College, Roberts Auditorium, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence.
All seats are $10 for the March 22, 2013, performance at 10 a.m. Call 401-334-2560 for reservations.
An Opening Night Reception will precede the 7:30 p.m. show on March 22. The matinee performance will be March 23 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for adults are $30; for senior citizens, high school and college students $20; and children 12 and under $16.
For tickets, call The State Ballet of RI at 401-334-2560 or the Rhode Island College box office at 401-456-8144. Roberts Auditorium is accessible to disabled patrons, and parking is free.
Herci Marsden has chosen three remarkable couples to dance the lead roles: principal dancers Peg Chobanian and Mark Marsden will perform March 22 at 10:00 a.m.; principal dancer Melissa Sorkin and soloist Derek Kunz will perform March 22 at 7:30 p.m.; SBRI alumnus, Corey Bourbonniere, of Woonsocket, a professional dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, will make his hometown debut as Albrecht accompanied by SBRI soloist Emily O’Heir. Norman Bell will play the challenging role of Hilarion.
Giselle is the story of a village maiden who falls in love with Albrecht, a duke in disguise who is engaged to marry another. Giselle is driven mad when she learns his identity, and at the end of Act I she dies of a broken heart. The second act brings out the ethereal Wilis, maidens who have died before marriage and now dance in the night, luring young men to dance to their death. Giselle, a new spirit among them, sustains Albrecht until daybreak when the Wilis return to their graves. The ballet concludes as an unwilling Giselle leaves Albrecht to live in the spirit world.