2016-10-21 20:00:00
8:00 p.m. October 21
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If ballet had its greatest hits, Giselle would likely top the charts. Indeed, it’s one of the world’s best-known ballets. Originally performed in Paris in 1841, it’s become a signature dance for every great ballerina ever since. Then again, this isn’t your happy-go-lucky Nutcracker; the creative minds behind this work — composer Adolphe Adam and choreographers Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot — were a lot like the Tom Waitses and Nick Caves of their day, obsessed with darker designs, deception, and discontent. That makes Giselle a tangled tale, one that finds its gentle namesake idolized by her local suitors, stifled by a meddling mother, and betrayed by a creepy aristocratic lover not unlike Donald Trump. What’s a girl to do except to whirl herself into a frenzy and die a dramatic death, only to return in spirit form and valiantly save her deceitful boyfriend from other ghosts who get their kicks by forcing men to dance to their deaths. Giselle will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tickets cost $20 to $99. Call 305-949-6722 or visit
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