600 Grand Blvd
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
The Northwest Florida Ballet takes the stage at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 at Grand Park in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin to perform Giselle, one of the oldest continually performed ballets dating back to Paris in 1841. Giselle is a free, outdoor performance presented as part of Grand Boulevard’s Coastal Culture series, made possible by the Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program.
Giselle, one of the oldest continually performed ballets dating back to Paris in 1841, is staged by NFB Ballet Mistress Dorothy Daniels Lister with choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and music by Adolphe Adam. This romantic ballet in two acts tells the story of a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering Albrecht, her lover, is betrothed to another.
Led by Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis, they gain their power in numbers as they effortlessly move through dramatic patterns and synchronized movements controlling the stage with their long tulle dresses and stoic expressions. Giselle finds forgiveness in her heart for Albrecht, but she knows the Wilis will not do the same. Natalia Ashikhmina, current principal with the Louisville Ballet and former Russian National Ballet prima ballerina, will dance the role of Giselle. Albrecht will be danced by Darren McIntyre formerly with The Australian Ballet.
NFB demi soloist Jeffrey Senior will perform the role of Hilarion and NFB founder Bernadette Clements Sims will perform the role of Berthe. Additional members of the NFB Company will round out the cast and include Savannah Crabtree and Keegan Lloyd performing the popular Peasant Pas de Deux. Jeff Prescott will dance the role of Albrecht’s Squire Wilfred while Terry Prewitt will perform as Bathilde’s father, the Duke of Courland. Seleta Howard will dance the role of Albrecht’s fiancé Bathilde. NFB demi soloist Ellie Edwards will dance the captivating role of Myrtha.
Guest artist accommodations for the production are provided by the Courtyard Marriott in Grand Boulevard, a Howard Group Development. The living scenery for Giselle is provided by Clay Garden & Gifts.