VIDEO: Get A First Look At First Look At Dada Masilo's GISELLE
BroadwayWorld has a first look at The Joyce Theater Foundation's New York premiere of Artistic Director Dada Masilo's Giselle. Check out the video below!
Performances of The Dance Factory run through Sunday, April 8 at The Joyce Theater (Located at 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street). As recently announced, The Joyce Theater is offering a Pay What You Decide (PWYD) option for a selection of performances this season, including The Dance Factory on Sunday, April 8 at 2pm. This initiative seeks to encourage a more adventurous performance selection and allows patrons to sample companies they might not have seen before. Instead of paying a fixed price before coming to the theater, patrons are able to see the show, and decide what to pay afterwards.
Known for her unique and innovative interpretations of classical ballets, Dada Masilo has served as Artist-in-Residence of a Johannesburg-based company The Dance Factory since 2001. Following the company's successful 2016 Joyce Theater debut, the company returns with the New York premiere of Ms. Masilo's acclaimed feminist retelling and reimagining of the classic, Giselle.
Featuring her signature choreographic style that combines classical ballet and contemporary dance with traditional African dance, Masilo's Giselle demonstrates what is possible when mythological figures are imbedded into a different cultural context. By setting her interpretation in rural South Africa and infusing it with African rituals and ceremonies, Masilo is able to further highlight the tale's themes of betrayal, heartbreak, grief, and revenge. Featuring a cast of 12 dancers, Masilo's Giselle is set to an original score by South African composer Philip Miller that compliments Adolphe Adam's original music with African sounds.