On Tuesday 17th September, Year 10 and 11 GCSE Dance went to see the English National Ballet perform Giselle at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
Giselle tells the sad, yet romantic story of a young ‘peasant girl’ who falls a dishonest and concealed nobleman. When the deception is unravelled, Giselle dies of heartbreak and Albrecht has to face the consequences, set by the spirits of the maidens, who died of similar hurt and exhaustion.
The performance itself was a working rehearsal, also known as a technical rehearsal, which focuses mostly on the theatrical, musical and filmed elements of the performance; as well as the choreographic content.
Akram Khan’s choreography of Giselle was faultless, emotional and gave our Year 10 and 11 dancers, an insight contemporary ballet, observing how to set an atmosphere through action, dynamic and space alone.
This theatre trip was one of three events, booked with the English National Ballet; Year 10 and 11 GCSE Dance students now look forward to an internal workshop with the English National Ballet in October and a theatre trip in January.