The Royal New Zealand Ballet's brand new production of Giselle opened last evening in Wellington with Gillian Murphy's debut in the title role. Haglund will link to the reviews as they come in.
Lucire News Giselle Another outstanding production for the Royal New Zealand Ballet
Dominion-Post [Gillian Murphy] may have the reputation of being a fast dancer but believe me, she does slow too. Balances are held, arabesques developed, port de bras sustained, pirouettes gifted, all speaking of love. Lucky RNZB, and they know it.
New Zealand's Theatreview
New Zealand dance critic Raewyn Whyte has seen the first two casts of Giselle (Murphy/Huan and Antonia Hewitt/Andrew Bowman) and has been kind enough to share her exclusive comments with H.H. in the Comments section of this post.
From Valerie Lawson's website dancelines: [Giselle] is big in scope, in its sweep of narrative, its adherence to the spirit of the story and most of all in the impact of the performance as Giselle by Stiefel’s fiancée, Gillian Murphy.
This is a fabulous and very detailed 10 minute audio review of the opening night of Giselle by Deirdre Tarrant on Radio New Zealand. "Beautifully done....They got it 200 percent."
Raewyn Whyte's first formal review of Giselle is out, a second one is due out after the Auckland performances:
The dancing is demanding throughout the work’s 110 minutes, and the company has never looked better – technically poised and polished, lyrically perfect, and expressively convincing. The majority of dancers are younger than 32 and have come from all over the world to be in this company. Most have been here at least five years, and are highly committed to staying. That they are at their best right now is hardly surprising, given the input they have had over the past six weeks from Stiefel and Kobborg, Gillian Murphy (of ABT and who is the Royal NZ Ballet’s Principal Guest Artist), and coach Amanda McKerrow.
Raewyn Whyte previews RNZB's upcoming visit to Auckland in the New Zealand Herald.