Giselle © Lino

Giselle burns up the stage in Vancouver

Presented to full houses at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for three nights running, Giselle received an enthusiastic welcome from audiences and from critics. The latter emphasized how much Ballet BC’s risk taking paid off, in bringing Navas’ decades of experience in contemporary dance into the world of classical ballet, while underlining the dancers’ talent and commitment. The Vancouver Sun characterized this “dazzling new Giselle” as “the most significant new work in the company’s history, by virtue of its reach and risk,” saying that the piece “elevates the company to a new place.” Capilano Courier wrote that Giselle was “a triumph on all platforms, most notably in Navas’ spectacular choreography.” The following are drawn from the numerous other reviews of the show:

  • “José Navas has managed to put his own spin on a ballet warhorse, while keeping the quintessence of the original story and crafting an attractive production.” The Globe and Mail
  • “Giselle brings a new wave of modern, challenging, and intelligent performance art to Vancouver.” Vancouver Weekly
  • “This performance is both accessible to the uninitiated and bursting with artistic depth, passion and integrity. Piercing.” Hello Vancity
  • “The future of ballet is safe with José Navas.” Vancouver Vantage
  • “There is so much in this production to admire, including its overall design, which includes stunning video projections and set design by Lino, gorgeous costumes by Linda Chow, and lighting by Marc Parent.” Performance, place and politics
  • “A feast for the eyes.” The Georgia Straight

 © Chris Randle

Take a peek behind the scenes during the creation process through our Facebook album and stay tuned for news regarding Watershed, the creation that José Navas will prepare for November with the dancers of The National Ballet of Canada.

Choreography: José Navas
A Ballet BC production

Music: Adolphe Adam
Set design: Lino
Lighting: Marc Parent
Costumes: Linda Chow

photo © Chris Randle, Alexis Fletcher
and the artists of Ballet BC
poster © Lino