Los Angeles Ballet Giselle
In the classic ballet “Giselle,” masterfully staged all through May by the Los Angeles Ballet, Giselle’s prince indeed does come, but after they fall in love, she discovers he is betrothed to another. So – distraught
after he abandons her – she goes mad and dies. Not the cheeriest ballet, but one of the world’s most beautiful.
The stunning dancers in white, seen in Ryan Miller’s spectacular photos for Capture Imaging, (courtesy of the Los Angeles Ballet,) depict the “Wilis.” Appearing in Act II, they are the ghosts of jilted brides, who died before their wedding days and take revenge on the men who betrayed them, (which just goes to show that the undead attracted audiences long before the “Twilight” series.)
Below, I’ve listed the cast members of the Los Angeles Ballet Giselle who appeared the night of the May 28 Gala, when these pictures were taken. Very few dancers are named in the captions, but if any of you readers can identify them, I welcome your input.
Cast of Los Angeles Ballet Giselle:
Giselle: Allyssa Bross; Albrecht, Prince of Silesia: Christopher Revels; Wilfred: Alexander Gregory Forck; Hilarion: Cheehon Wespi-Tschopp; Berthe: Colleen Neary; Duke of Houston: Sven Toorvald; Bathilde: Britta Lazenga; Featured duo: Allynne Noelle, Kenta Shimizu; Villagers: Marina Holmes, David Renaud
Giselle’s friends: Erika Bandy, Julia Cinquemani, Katherine Cowgill, Katrina Gould, Kate Highstrete, Grace McLoughlin, Kelly Ann Sloan, Lucy Van Cleef
Peasants: Dina Bilofsky, Alisha Brach, Stephanie Kim, Alexandra Nellans, Katherine Revels, Faith Score, Sophie Silna, Isabel Vondermuhll, Aaron Bahadursingh, Tyler Burkett, Jack Chaves, Adam Fabac, Craig Hall, Christopher McDaniel; Alexandre Scupinari, Nicholas de la Vega; Courtiers: Katie Albin, Tatiana Kassar, Laura Love, Zlat Popzlatev, Eric Thordal-Christensen
The Wilis: Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis: Kate Highstrete, Zulma & Moyna: Molly Flippen, Kelly Ann Sloan; Wilis: Erika Bandy, Dina Bilofsky, Alisha Brach, Julia Cinquemani, Katherine Cowgill, Katrina Gould; Tatiana Kassat, Stephanie Kim, Britta Lazenga, Laura Love, Grace McLoughlin, Katherine Revels, Sophie Silna, Faith Score, Lucy Van Cleef, Isabel Vondermuhll
Artistic director Thordal Christensen choreographed the ballet after the traditional Coralli, Perrot, Petipa/Adam versions.
Top photo: Los Angeles Ballet principal dancers Allyssa Bross and Christopher Revels dance the parts of Giselle and Albrecht in Act I. (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
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Los Angeles Ballet Giselle
Published Aug. 27, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA