“Giselle” a wonderful success!
If you have never seen a performance by The Link Ballet, you really missed two spectacular performances of their presentation of Giselle on Saturday, March 24th, 2012 at Clawson High School. Presenting their first classical ballet, the dancers showcased ballet as the true art form that it is! The Link Ballet made this classical ballet story their own.
Act I was light, fun and refreshing, which made the dark drama of Act II all the more powerful! Jenny Bobo‘s dramatic portrayal of Giselle was danced with a youthful exuberance and innocence. In Act II she portrayed the forgiveness and redemption of Albrecht, the love of her life. Her technique, flawless. Partnered by Andrew Murphy, retired principal dancer of the Houston Ballet, their convincing and dramatic performance brought about many tears and memories for those in the audience.
Elizabeth Shimoura‘s interpretation of Queen Myrtha was spot on. She attacked the role with the genuine haughtiness of a Queen commanding her Court – in this case the jilted female spirits of the dark forest, the Wilis. Her dancing was unmatched, with powerful leaps and jumps that filled the stage, lending incredible validity to the character. The attendants, Leanne Gauthier and Denisa Manilescu, combined with the corps de ballet, were draped in translucent veils and moved in angelic fashion as they danced the various combinations, not only with excellent classical technique, but dramatic depth as well.
The roles of Hilarion, played by Addison O’Day in Act I and Hilarion’s Friend, danced by Tristan O’Day in Act I and Act II were played with enthusiasm and style – a beautifully dramatic and technical presentation by both.
Of course, the lead male role of Albrecht was played impeccably by Andrew Murphy who brought his world-renowned fame, artistry and experience to the performance. The combination of talents really did showcase the Company’s versatility and strength. We, at The Link, are very proud of them for all of their hard work. God is so faithful!