From "Wilis" to "Lloronas" in Artistic Director Javier Velasco's New Take on the Classic, Giselle

A San Diego Ballet Presentation Happening at the Balboa Theatre this Weekend 
Saturday, May 4th, and Sunday, May 5th 

Press Release

San Diego Ballet's Giselle. Photo Canela photography
The 1841 classic Giselle, a tale of romance, death, and what lies between, gets a makeover through Artistic Director Javier Velasco’s evocative production that will shift the locale from 19th-century Europe to the pueblos of Spanish Colonial California. The famous Wilis in the piece, the ghosts of unmarried women who died after being betrayed by their lovers and take revenge in the night, will be spectral, beautiful Lloronas. 

“A quarter century ago, Dance Theatre of Harlem staged a celebrated version of the piece that took it from the lithographic past of Europe and placed it into the antebellum South. So why not place it into a context that makes sense to our Southern California audiences? A Spanish colonial California, where local Mexican peasants are overseen by Spanish noblemen,” explained Velasco.

The lead role, once again, will be performed by Stephanie Maiorano, who was unable to dance when this was staged in 2021 because of an injury. “I’ve recovered stronger than ever and I'm beyond ready to jump back into this ballet,” she proclaimed. 

There will be two performances this weekend: Saturday, May 4th at 8:00 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, May 5th at 2:30p.m. at the Historic Balboa Theatre. 

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