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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.
Contains nudity, language and mature content.
Recommended for ages 14 and up.
Funded in part by the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts and by the National Endowment for the Arts ARTWORKS.
Dance Master Class with Dada Masilo
Sat, March 31, 11 am–12:30pm, Straus Dance Studio, $10
Discover Masilo’s distinctive approach to classical ballet and contemporary African dance in this intermediate class. Ages 16+