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South African choreographer’s searing reinterpretation of classical ballet about betrayal, heartbreak and revenge.
“Incredible energy, attitude, innovation and diversity rarely seen in a typical ballet.” —Broadway World
In 2016, South African choreographer Dada Masilo’s bold reinterpretation of Swan Lake (performed at the Hop) powerfully flipped ballet’s gender and racial dynamics. Now her Giselle—with Masilo dancing the lead—fearlessly takes on betrayal, heartbreak and revenge in a groundbreaking new version with music by South African composer Philip Miller and visual material by renowned artist William Kentridge. Drawing from classical ballet, African traditional dance and African percussion, Masilo delivers a brilliantly “woke” revision of a classic story.
Post-performance discussions with the artists
Contains nudity, language and mature content
Recommended for ages 14 and up
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts ARTWORKS and the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts.
HOP BACKSTAGE BLOG
Artist Talk: #NotAPrettyBallet
Wed, March 28, 5 pm, Top of the Hop, Free
Masilo speaks with Ayo Coly, Professor of African and African American Studies and Comparative Literature, about subverting stereotypes of women on stage and redefining the passive ballet belle.
Dance Master Class
Sat, March 31, 11 am–12:30 pm, Stras Dance Studio, $10
Discover Dada Mailo’s distinctive approach to ballet and contemporary African dance.
Acclaimed South African choreographer Dada Masilo, who riveted Hop audiences two years ago with her Swan Lake, returns to the Hop this spring with the US premiere of another bold reinterpretation of a classical ballet, Giselle, with the electrifying Masilo dancing the title role.
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Giselle, by Dada Masilo. All photos by Stella Olivier.