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Ballet Film Screening: Giselle

November 20, 2017: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This beautiful and timeless classic ballet is about a peasant girl named Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another.

The Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle’s great love frees him from their grasp. The Wilis are particularly haunting characters. They are the spirits of virgin girls that died before they married. These creatures were very popular in Romantic era ballets. Led by Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis, they gain their power in numbers as they effortlessly move through dramatic patterns and synchronized movements, and control the stage with their long tulle dresses and stoic expressions. Although still appearing ethereal, watching the Wilis sweep the stage creates an eerie mood that builds as the ballet continues and they enclose on Albrecht. 

Event Location: Community Meeting Room
Sponsored by Rye Free Reading Room