Kirkland's International Ballet Theatre on their toes for 'Giselle'

Kirkland’s International Ballet Theatre will perform the quintessential romantic ballet, “Giselle,” at 7:30 p.m. March 11-12 and 2 p.m. March 13 at the Meydenbauer Theatre, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., in Bellevue.

The oldest continuously-performed ballet in history, Giselle first premiered in 1841 at the Theatre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris, with choreography by Coralli and Perrot. It was re-choreographed in the Russian style by Petipa for the Imperial Ballet at the turn of the century.

While studying for her masters in choreography in St. Petersburg, Russia, IBT’s Artistic Director Vera Altunina had the privilege of learning from professors who were pupils of Petipa’s dancers. Well-known Seattle guest artists Mara Vinson and Le Yin will grace the stage as the leads, Albrecht and Giselle.

Tickets are $50 adults; $40 students/seniors; $25 children. Call 800-838-3006.

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