Live in your Living Room FREE Broadcast:


22 May - 24 May 2020

Giselle: Live in your Living Room

Friday 22 May, 7:30pm

Saturday 23 May, 1:30pm

Sunday 24 May, 10:30am
Broadcast Link Facebook*

(New Zealand Standard Time)

* Due to music rights restrictions, this broadcast is only available in New Zealand and Australia. You may require a Facebook account to view, you may also experience trouble casting to your TV if the casting service uses an overseas server. If the video appears distorted, try viewing on another browser (Internet Explorer, FireFox, Safari). 

The greatest of all Romantic ballets, RNZB Live in Your Living Room is delighted to broadcast Toa Fraser’s film of Giselle, that follows the RNZB’s acclaimed 2012 production. A rollercoaster romance, this is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and a love that transcends death.

In a remote village, the beautiful and innocent Giselle falls madly in love with a duke in disguise. When he is revealed as Count Albrecht, Giselle, broken hearted, descends into madness and death. In a forest, the Wilis (ethereal ghosts of jilted women) meet to greet their recently arrived sister: Giselle, who rises from her grave to join their ranks. When Albrecht arrives to mourn, she must forgive her lover and save him from death.

The quintessential romantic ballet, Giselle is a perfect fusion of every element that makes ballet so special: touching, human characters, a romantic story, beautiful choreography – from pure classical ballet to folk dances – and a wonderful setting. The film features American Ballet Theatre star Gillian Murphy as Giselle. Inspired by concert film The Last Waltz, a Leon Narbey-led camera team filmed the performance, with scenes of the lead dancers in Shanghai and New York counterpointing the onstage action.

*Unfortunately due to film rights restrictions, Giselle is only available to viewers in Australasia.

“Big kudos to the female corps de ballet for their impeccably executed sequences which transported the audience to their netherworld.”
Living out Loud – Los Angeles

Audio Described Giselle Ballet Live Broadcast also available
In collaboration with Audio Described Aotearoa, the RNZB are offering free audio described broadcasts of the ballet Giselle this weekend. For full details visit the RNZB access page.

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