The Jefferson Performing Arts Society will present the Jefferson Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of the romantic ballet “Giselle” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, in East Jefferson High School, at 400 Phlox Street, Metairie.

The full-length, two-act tragedy features music by Adolphe Adam. Jefferson Ballet Theatre co-directors Kimberly Matulich Beck and Kenneth Beck will stage the ballet, featuring a cast of 40 local dancers and guest artists, with original choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.

The title role will be danced by Kimberly Matulich Beck, former principal dancer with the Alabama Ballet and Hosanna Sacred Arts Christian Ballet, and co-director of the Jefferson Ballet Theatre.

Guest artist Nukri Mamistvalov, from the Republic of Georgia and principal dancer with the Alabama Ballet, will dance the male lead role, Albrecht.

The ballet is about a shy peasant girl who unknowingly falls in love with a prince, Albrecht, who is visiting her small village disguised as a peasant.

When his true identity ais revealed and she discovers he is betrothed to another, Giselle is overcome with grief and dies of a broken heart.

The Wilis, the spirits of maidens who have died of broken hearts, summon Giselle from her grave. When Albrecht approaches the graveyard, they condemn him to death, but Giselle’s love frees him from their grasp.

Dancing the role of Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, is Erin Monteleone Kernion, a professional dancer in New York who regularly performs with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes and has toured nationally in Broadway productions.

The production is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.

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