The tip received by the UIEX three weeks ago about a new film of Giselle by the Royal New Zealand Ballet appears to have been a good one.
An article dated tomorrow and appearing online tonight is the official announcement by The New Zealand Film Commission of a feature film of Giselle in collaboration with RNZB. The feature film, which is being produced by Matthew Metcalfe and stars Gillian Murphy, will "capture performances, rehearsals and much more." So we can expect Ethan Stiefel, Johan Kobborg, and the beautiful Amanda McKerrow to be featured prominently as they piece together this new production.
"Our film is an interpretation of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's beautiful, moving production of Giselle," says [Director] Toa Fraser. "The film will move in and out of the theatre, through time and space, to create a truly cinematic, poetic retelling of the story".
Wow. Gillian has gone from having no chance to dance Giselle in 16 years at McKenzie's ABT to dancing the title role in a brand new production and starring in a ballet feature film that will surely rekindle the heat under scores of Center Stage fans who as of last summer were still streaming into the Met Opera House to scream their lungs out when Stiefel and Sascha Radetsky performed on the stage together.
Maybe Stiefel will grant McKenzie a complimentary private screening and a continuous update of how much money the commercial release is making for RNZB.
RNZB's Giselle premieres next Wednesday night in Wellington.