May 25th at 7:00pm

May 26th at 7:00pm

May 27th at 3:00pm


Join us for this classic example of a romantic ballet, Giselle. In the tradition of Swan Lake, Giselle is based on a retelling of the Slavic legend concerning the wilis, who are ghostly spirits of girls who have died before their wedding day.

Through classical ballet and pantomime, Act 1 opens with peasant girl, Giselle, enjoying the grape harvest with her friends. Through exuberant dancing and dramatic acting, she discovers she has been betrayed by her love, Prince Albrecht, and dies of a broken heart. Act 2 opens in a foggy cemetery, where Giselle rises from the grave and meets Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, who wishes revenge for sweet Giselle.  In the both triumphant and serene finale at sunrise, Giselle rescues Albrecht from the vengeful wilis and her merciful act saves her from becoming a wili herself!  Come enjoy the beauty that comes through the power of forgiveness. 

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Guest Artist: William Whitney

Duke Albrecht / Loys

William Whitney is an American ballet dancer from Houston, Texas. While he has been dancing since the age of four, he began competitively training at the age of fourteen in his hometown studio, Hintze Dance Center under the instruction of Ginny Hintze and Chris Rivera. He then attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a full ride scholarship after competing at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) in 2019. William has danced across the country, working with names like Patricia McBride, Margaret Mullin, Susan Jaffee, and so many more. As of present day, he will be joining Ballet Tucson for the 2023/24 Season to start his career as a professional ballet dancer.