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Dance review

‘Giselle’ lovely as ever but maybe in need of updating

Greta Hodgkinson performs the title role in National Ballet of Canada’s “Giselle” — dancing among the Wilis — at SPAC Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Greta Hodgkinson performs the title role in National Ballet of Canada’s “Giselle” — dancing among the Wilis — at SPAC Wednesday.
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Romantic ballet is inhabited by sylphs, fairies and delicate young girls. But over the years, those old ballets from the 19th century have evaporated, flying away like the elusive nymphs they portrayed. One of the greats endures — “Giselle,” which the National Ballet of Canada has lovingly preserved. The tale in which love transcends death was staged Wednesday at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in a way that honors ballet’s history. It will be performed ...

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schdyres
July 18, 2013
5:56 p.m.

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"Updating" has already been done by Peter Wright for this company. Further changes would most likely alter the look and feel of this timeless piece and prevent the audience from seeing the beauty of the original choreographical intent. One can appreciate the pace of this production and savor every moment for the classic that it is.

schdyres
July 19, 2013
9:39 a.m.

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A little fact checking needed for the caption accompanying the photo: first act dancers wrongly identified as second act characters. The photo shows a happy Giselle with her friends in the village, not with the ghostly Wilis from the second act.

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