Dada Masilo's GISELLE


Dada Masilo's GISELLE is the choreographer's fourth substantial reinterpretation of a great classic.

A young girl dies after having been betrayed by a man. She cannot rest in peace but turns into a wili, a ghost of a girl who still has a desire for dance that she could not satisfy during her short life. Giselle does not forgive. As with previous works, this will be a feminist revision of the classic. Masilo's vision will be of grief, heartbreak, anger and revenge. It will not be a pretty ballet.

Masilo has engaged the services of South African composer Philip Miller, to create a new score, influenced somewhat by the original music by Adolphe Adam. In addition to the western, classical harp, cello and violin instruments, Miller uses African percussion and voice. Masilo in turn generates new movement vocabulary for the libretto of Giselle with a group of dancers.

Duration : 75 mins (+5 mins technical pause)


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  • 2018-04-18 00:00:00 2018-04-18 00:00:00 - Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, Conneticut - USA
  • 2018-04-12 00:00:00 2018-04-14 00:00:00 - Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills - USA
  • 2018-04-03 00:00:00 2018-04-08 00:00:00 - The Joyce Theater, New York - USA
  • 2018-03-30 00:00:00 2018-03-31 00:00:00 - Hopkins Center for the Arts , Dartmouth - USA
  • 2017-09-12 00:00:00 - La Bâtie, Festival de Genève, Geneva - Switzerland
  • 2017-08-09 00:00:00 - Impulstanz, Volkstheater, Vienna - Austria


Choreography & Interpretation Dada Masilo 
Music and co-orchestration Philip Miller*
Drawings William Kentridge
Directorial Assistance David April
Lighting Suzette LeSueur
Costumes David Hutt of Donker Nag Helder Dag (Act 1), Songezo Mcilizeli & Nonofo Olekeng of Those Two Lifestyle (Act 2) 

Dada Masilo’s Giselle has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater's Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund  for  New Work; the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College; la Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2018, Sadler’s Wells. 

Additional commissioning grant : La Batie-Festival de Geneve. With additional funding from the SAMRO FOUNDATION.