Cirque du Giselle

Critics

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88 %

Reviews: 4

Audience

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100 %

Reviews: 4

An ethereal, “Fringe Festival” contemporary take on the classic ballet, Giselle. A dark and tragic love story of deceit, heartbreak, consequences, and redemption – where love eventually triumphs over vengeance from the grave and beyond. Brought to life on the stage in a swirl of aerial and cirque magic from the producers of last years award winning, Hollywood Fringe Festival, sold out show, Dorothy And Alice.

Giselle follows the story of a sweet peasant girl with a weak heart and a passion for dancing, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover, Albrecht, is not who he appears to be and is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a ghostly group of vengeful women who have been betrayed by their lovers and who force men to dance to their deaths, summon Giselle from her grave. Her love ultimately triumphs over vengeance as she saves her love, Albrecht who lives to see the dawn, and frees her own spirit from the power of the Wilis

Starring Tamysen Malles & Tavi Stutz
Featuring Mithra Alavi, Nicole Beckerman, Candace Cane, Jen Otto Cook, Colleen Dunleap, Dani Maloney, Monica Miklas, Jane Osborn, Lex Quarterman, Amanda Ritchie, Chelsea Rousselot, Lea Walker & Bri Xandrick

Production Team: Lea Walker - Producer, Allelon Ruggiero - Director, Colleen Dunleap - Aerial Choreographer, Dani Maloney - Dance Choreographer, Brandon Baruch - Lighting Director, Jane Rose - Audio & Projection Design, Nicole Beckerman - Wardrobe Designer

Reviews

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"It was apparent that Aeriform Arts and the cast of Giselle put a lot of time into this production, and were able to showcase their skills and artistry. All of the individual acrobatic and aerial performances were fantastic, but they were unable to create and identifiable and clear narrative, doing a disservice to the story they were trying to tell. With any luck, future performances will truly allow their artistry and storytelling to shine."

sweet-sour - Jocelyn Gajeway - Haunting - ...read full review


MoniqueLeBleu
""Cirque du Giselle" is a very unique Fringe performance by Aeriform Arts' instructors and students that incorporates the tragic classic ballet “Giselle,” along with aerial, acrobatics, and cirque art that, combined with projection and lighting that spills onto the aerial silks and stage backdrops, results in a gorgeous and visceral moody mix of texture and drama. The dance performance came second in the overall performance, but the aerial performances, acrobatics, and stilt-walking often simply took my breath away. Many others audibly gasped all around us. Standouts were leads Tamysen Malles and Tavi Stutz, with Stutz being exceptional in both dance and aerial choreography. The first half, involving the pains of first love and rejection, is lighter to start, with gorgeous projections of old world Europe that cast playful light on the dancers and aerialists. The second act was darker, and deliciously spooky, with various “afterworld” creatures who'd coax and haunt, including a pair of stilt-walkers that, when tethered, appeared to both comfort and torment our protagonists. The culmination is a glorious and well-meshed cirque ballet that, should it come back, must not be missed! Pray it comes back. (NO LINK TO URL REVIEW; FORTHCOMING)"

sweet - Monique LeBleu - LA Beat - ...read full review


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"The skill on display is all the more impressive for seeming so effortless. Any sense of anxiety for the safety of the performers is soon dispelled as their artistry and precision reassure us that they are confident and comfortable... The Hollywood Fringe might not be the first place that ballet-lovers would look to satisfy their tastes, so I hope it is on their radar, it really should not be missed if that is your bag. Lovers of cirque skills will be equally impressed."

sweet - Guy Picot - Fringe Review UK - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"Using stilts, silks, and amazing costuming with gorgeous projections and light, this is where it’s clear Aeriform is doing this show. ...Aeriform is clearly taking no prisoners and will soon be one of the premiere and most notable dance companies in Los Angeles. Highly Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


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"What I liked Everything. From the classical music score to the stage design, the costumes, the acrobatics. I could have paid more to see this show in Vegas or Cirque, instead I watched it at the Fringe!!! What??? What I didn't like Nothing. Superb all the way. My overall impression What an amazing and powerful experience! I couldn’t believe my eyeballs!!! Kudos to AeriformArts for bringing a classical ballet and turning it into poetry in motion! Outstanding!!!"

sweet - Victor Sotomayor


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"Really great show! The whole show is very engaging with every act flowing beautifully to the next. The dance, actobatics, and artistic staging came together wonderfully for a really enjoyable experience. It's creative, innovative, and fun, and for the ticket price it's a steal!"

sweet - Lena Fumi


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"If you're reading this to decide if you should see this show, the answer is YES! This is the sort of extravagant presentation you'd gladly pay $100+ to see at the Pantages or Music Center. It's got it all, a wonderfully talented and athletic cast, great costumes and staging, and ultimately an extremely moving and emotional story. With only two remaining shows on 6/22 and 6/23... GO!"

sweet - [email protected]


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"My first time seeing an aerial show. Was not disappointed, my dudes. I was impressed by the grace and athletic ability of the performers. No idea how they do all those stunts up in the air without getting dizzy af. The choreography matched up well with the music. Felt like a creepy Nutcracker sort of. Maybe black swan. Idk what to compare it to but I dug the whole vibe. Was a privilege to watch. Would def like to see more from these cats. Hats off to all involved. Sweet like sugar but without the cavities. Go see it!"

sweet - Hyenas Tho


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"It was apparent that Aeriform Arts and the cast of Giselle put a lot of time into this production, and were able to showcase their skills and artistry. All of the individual acrobatic and aerial performances were fantastic, but they were unable to create and identifiable and clear narrative, doing a disservice to the story they were trying to tell. With any luck, future performances will truly allow their artistry and storytelling to shine."

sweet-sour - Jocelyn Gajeway - Haunting - ...read full review


MoniqueLeBleu
""Cirque du Giselle" is a very unique Fringe performance by Aeriform Arts' instructors and students that incorporates the tragic classic ballet “Giselle,” along with aerial, acrobatics, and cirque art that, combined with projection and lighting that spills onto the aerial silks and stage backdrops, results in a gorgeous and visceral moody mix of texture and drama. The dance performance came second in the overall performance, but the aerial performances, acrobatics, and stilt-walking often simply took my breath away. Many others audibly gasped all around us. Standouts were leads Tamysen Malles and Tavi Stutz, with Stutz being exceptional in both dance and aerial choreography. The first half, involving the pains of first love and rejection, is lighter to start, with gorgeous projections of old world Europe that cast playful light on the dancers and aerialists. The second act was darker, and deliciously spooky, with various “afterworld” creatures who'd coax and haunt, including a pair of stilt-walkers that, when tethered, appeared to both comfort and torment our protagonists. The culmination is a glorious and well-meshed cirque ballet that, should it come back, must not be missed! Pray it comes back. (NO LINK TO URL REVIEW; FORTHCOMING)"

sweet - Monique LeBleu - LA Beat - ...read full review


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"The skill on display is all the more impressive for seeming so effortless. Any sense of anxiety for the safety of the performers is soon dispelled as their artistry and precision reassure us that they are confident and comfortable... The Hollywood Fringe might not be the first place that ballet-lovers would look to satisfy their tastes, so I hope it is on their radar, it really should not be missed if that is your bag. Lovers of cirque skills will be equally impressed."

sweet - Guy Picot - Fringe Review UK - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"Using stilts, silks, and amazing costuming with gorgeous projections and light, this is where it’s clear Aeriform is doing this show. ...Aeriform is clearly taking no prisoners and will soon be one of the premiere and most notable dance companies in Los Angeles. Highly Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


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"What I liked Everything. From the classical music score to the stage design, the costumes, the acrobatics. I could have paid more to see this show in Vegas or Cirque, instead I watched it at the Fringe!!! What??? What I didn't like Nothing. Superb all the way. My overall impression What an amazing and powerful experience! I couldn’t believe my eyeballs!!! Kudos to AeriformArts for bringing a classical ballet and turning it into poetry in motion! Outstanding!!!"

sweet - Victor Sotomayor


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"Really great show! The whole show is very engaging with every act flowing beautifully to the next. The dance, actobatics, and artistic staging came together wonderfully for a really enjoyable experience. It's creative, innovative, and fun, and for the ticket price it's a steal!"

sweet - Lena Fumi


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"If you're reading this to decide if you should see this show, the answer is YES! This is the sort of extravagant presentation you'd gladly pay $100+ to see at the Pantages or Music Center. It's got it all, a wonderfully talented and athletic cast, great costumes and staging, and ultimately an extremely moving and emotional story. With only two remaining shows on 6/22 and 6/23... GO!"

sweet - [email protected]


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"My first time seeing an aerial show. Was not disappointed, my dudes. I was impressed by the grace and athletic ability of the performers. No idea how they do all those stunts up in the air without getting dizzy af. The choreography matched up well with the music. Felt like a creepy Nutcracker sort of. Maybe black swan. Idk what to compare it to but I dug the whole vibe. Was a privilege to watch. Would def like to see more from these cats. Hats off to all involved. Sweet like sugar but without the cavities. Go see it!"

sweet - Hyenas Tho