LIVE: Join Us For The “Giselle Inquest”!


Saturday, February 1, 2014 (5-6:30pm)
$15 subscribers, $20 non-subscribers

Extra tickets added due to demand—click here to buy!

This weekend, we invite you to join us behind the scenes in the SF Ballet studios for an event unlike any other: our live Giselle Inquest!

Yuan Yuan Tan and Anita Paciotti in Tomasson's Giselle. (© Erik Tomasson)

Yuan Yuan Tan and Anita Paciotti in Tomasson’s Giselle.
(© Erik Tomasson)

Featuring a panel of our dancers in full Giselle costume, this event—the first in our 2015 Talk About Ballet! series—investigates a mystery that has intrigued ballet audiences ( see Giselle at SF Ballet through February 2) for decades: exactly why did Giselle die?

Leading the investigation is the world’s only “ballet coroner”: author and dance scholar Jennifer Fisher, who has previously conducted Giselle Inquests for companies including the National Ballet of Canada.

Lorena Feijoo and Vitor Luiz in Tomasson's Giselle. (© Erik Tomasson)

Lorena Feijoo and Vitor Luiz in Tomasson’s Giselle.
(© Erik Tomasson)

Our coroner will gather improvised testimonies from the assembled dancers—in full costume, hair and makeup and performing as their characters. The “cast” of the Giselle Inquest panel includes Giselle’s beloved Albrecht, her mother Berthe, her unrequited suitor Hilarion and the merciless queen of the ghostly Wilis”, Myrtha—to shed light on the possible causes of the peasant girl’s death, and to deduce who is to blame. The assembled audience will be invited to consider the evidence before reaching a final verdict of their own…

The Panel

Subject to change, this event will feature appearances from:

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Tiit Helimets, principal dancer as Albrecht

Simone Messmer.
Simone Messmer, soloist as Myrtha

Anita Paciotti, principal character dancer and ballet master as Berthe

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Alexander Reneff-Olson, corps de ballet as Hilarion




Shannon Marie Rugani
, corps de ballet as Bathilde

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Dores André, soloist as Giselle’s Friend


The Coroner


SF Ballet Visiting Lecturer Professor Jennifer Fisher is Associate Professor of Dance at Irvine; Dance History, Theory, Criticism, and Ethnography. She is also the author of the popular book Nutcracker Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World.

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