Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Twisted Sisterhood

By Jane Coombs

There’s a beautiful peasant girl, a handsome count and a waltz-happy village overflowing with wine. But one fatal lie lurks beneath this Cinderella story.

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Ghosts of the Past

By Arlan Vriens

Hot on the heels of Halloween, The National Ballet of Canada’s Giselle delivered supernatural chills, youthful exuberance and poignant heartbreak.


Reclaiming Narrative for a Contemporary Audience

Josh Beamish’s @giselle By Rachel Silver Maddock

In @giselle, Josh Beamish takes the tragic romance of Giselle, which dates back to 1841, and inserts a third player, social media, to expose its role in modern-day relationships.

Writers & Readers

The Bechdel Checklist

By Grace Wells-Smith

Would Giselle, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty pass the Bechdel Test?


All About Giselle

Giselle by Coastal City Ballet By Brittany Duggan

First staged in 1841, Giselle is often thought of as a straightforward story ballet. Vancouver-based Coastal City Ballet, a repertory company founded in 2011, stuck closely to the very specific and illustrative music by French composer Adolphe Adam, and choreographer Irene Schneider does an impressive job of working with the score to create scenes that challenge the various levels of dance ability within the company.

L'École supérieure de ballet du Québec

Corps de ballet

Performance | Spectacle

Montréal QC
May 25-27 mai 2017

Eifman Ballet Theater of St. Petersbourg

Red Giselle

Performance | Spectacle

Toronto ON
May 11-13 mai 2017
May 11-13 @ 8:00 | 20:00

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

A Medley of Magic and Madness

By Marissa Trarback

Before a single dancer appears on stage opening night at The National Ballet of Canada’s production of Giselle, a medley of magic and madness already fills the air.

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Sin and Un-Earned Redemption

By Aziza Mohammed

An innocent peasant girl, a prince in disguise, and an undead queen. Saccharine leitmotifs and the most enthusiastic use of triangle in any orchestral work. Giselle has it all.

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Giselle’s Restless Spirit

By Emily Trace

Traditionally described as ‘the ballerina’s Hamlet’, this production of Giselle by The National Ballet of Canada soundly debunks the adage.

Shanghai Ballet


Performance | Spectacle

Ottawa ON
November 10-12 novembre 2016
8:00 | 20:00

The National Ballet of Canada


Performance | Spectacle

Toronto ON
June 15-19 juin 2016