Leeds: Ballet on the big screen in landmark live event

Cinema-goers in Leeds will be enjoying pirouettes with their popcorn as a classic ballet takes to the silver screen live from London.

Kirkstall's Vue Cinema is screening The Royal Ballet's haunting classic Giselle live for the first time ever as part of a landmark arts event.

Giselle will be screened live in cinemas across 10 countries world-wide in more than 300 venues on Wednesday, January 19, at 7.15pm.

And Vue Leeds Kirkstall will be one of the many UK cinemas screening the classic ballet as it is performed live at the Royal Opera House.

Describing the ballet, a spokeswoman for the project said: "Moving from happy peasant village scenes into a beautiful but eerie world of ghostly spirits, Giselle is one of the most poignant ballets of the

Romantic era. This production, sensitively staged by Peter Wright with evocative designs by John MacFarlane, captures both the folkloric and supernatural aspects of the ballet."

The performance will star Royal Ballet principals Marianela Nuez and Rupert Pennefather.

The ballet is set in a medieval Rhineland village and tells the story of Giselle, a gentle peasant girl who is driven to her death when deceived by her aristocratic lover Albrecht.

Filled with remorse, Albrecht visits her moonlit grave where he is condemned to death by spirits.

But Giselle's love transcends death and she protects Albrecht until the safety of the dawn.

Giselle, first performed at the Paris Opera in 1841, is presented by Opus Arte which recently expanded into live and pre-recorded cinema screenings. For more details, visit www.opusarte.com/cinema.

The Royal Ballet's current version of the classic uses choreography derived from the original 1841 version as preserved by the great choreographer Marius Petipa in his 1880s production for the Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg, and now restaged by Peter Wright.

To book tickets for the screening, visit www.myvue.com or telephone 08712 240 240

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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