Masilo and her incredible dancers took the audience by storm when Dansens Hus staged their version of Swan Lake in 2015. It was not only innovative, charming and superbly entertaining dance art, but it also became aSwan Lake that managed to introduce a new and political interpretation that went right to the heart of everyone present. So it is with great anticipation and not least great pride that Dansens Hus can now invite Oslo’s dance fans to be the first in the world to witness Dada Masilo’s newest production.
Giselle is the fourth classic that Dada Masilo has tackled. She has previously done Romeo and Juliet, Carmen and then Swan Lake. She made the decision to do Giselle in New York in February 2016. At that time, the company was performing Swan Lake and enjoying huge success at the Joyce Theatre. The theatre said that it would be willing to fund a production of Giselle, and after its world première in Oslo, the production will be performed in New York and New Hampshire. A troupe of eleven dancers will be coming to Oslo, as well as Dada Masilo herself. The composer is the South African Philip Miller, who has created completely new music for the production, although he has also retained elements of Adolphe Adam’s original music. As well as typical Western instruments like the classical harp, cello and violin, he has used African percussion and voices.
- The coreographer brings comedy, carnival and African dance to a hallowed classic, and ends up with something totally new