The UNM Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, Emerging Cinema and Opus Arte present the London Royal Ballet's production of "Giselle" on Friday, March 25, 7-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 26, at 3-5:30 p.m. The Harwood Museum and partners also present a live broadcast of the Paris Opera Ballet's production of "Coppelia" on Monday, March 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with an encore performance on Tuesday, March 29, 7-9 p.m.
The screenings will be shown in high definition and surround sound in the Harwood's new Arthur Bell Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for Harwood Museum Alliance members, $15 for nonmembers and $8 for children ages 5-12, available in the Harwood Museum store.
The presentation of "Giselle" was recorded at the Royal Opera House. It is one of the most influential of all Romantic ballets, and one of the greatest and most popular works of the dance canon and the Royal Ballet's repertory. The title role presents the transcendental power of a woman's love in the face of betrayal and is one of the most technically demanding and emotionally challenging roles in classical dance. Peter Wright's staging in the atmospheric designs by John Macfarlane heightens the contrast as the story moves between the human and supernatural worlds.
Created in 1870, "Coppelia" or "The Girl with Enamel Eyes" is considered to be emblematic of the French choreographic style. It has remained in the Paris Opera Ballet repertoire ever since and been the subject of numerous reinterpretations. In the adaptation he devised for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1996, Patrice Bart returned to the literary origins that inspired the ballet – Hoffmann's fantasy tale, the more bizarre elements of which had been edited out by the original creators Arthur Saint-Leon, Charles Nuitter and Leo Delibes. Returning to the theme of the doll that comes to life in the hands of its inventor, Bart underlines the depth of his characters and makes Coppelius a sombre and disquieting man haunted by the image of a woman loved and lost and whose memory is evoked by Swanilda. In collusion with set designer Ezio Toffolutti and his effects of transparency, replication and illusion, the ballet exudes a troubling and mysterious atmosphere.
Contact the Harwood at (575) 758-9826 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Harwood Museum of Art of UNM, located at 238 Ledoux St. in Taos, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $10, or free on Sundays to Taos County residents.