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CCM Ballet Ensemble Makes Its Mainstage Debut with a New Production of the Quintessential Romantic Ballet 'Giselle'

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of CCM Dance with this lavish production of one of the most popular ballets of all time, April 17-19 at UC.

Date: 4/11/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Sara Kissinger
Other Contact: Kiley Brodeur
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-2675
Photos By: Will Brenner

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The beloved ballet 'Giselle'
The beloved ballet 'Giselle'

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Mainstage Dance Series proudly presents Giselle from April 17–19 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. This moving ballet is directed by Dance Department Chair Jiang Qi and features accompaniment by the CCM Concert Orchestra, conducted by Annunziata Tomaro.

One of the most romantic and beloved ballets about love’s triumph over treachery and death, Giselle continues to stir the emotions of audiences of all ages. When a young peasant girl is seduced and betrayed by a nobleman, she dies of a broken heart and joins the ranks of the Wilis, female spirits scorned before their wedding days and doomed to take their revenge upon men by dancing them to death. In the end, Giselle’s ghost tries to protect her lover from the vengeance of this group of evil female spirits.

“The traditional choreography that has been passed down to the present day derives primarily from the revivals staged by Marius Petipa during the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg,” explains director Jiang Qi. This production is choreographed by Jiang together with dance faculty members Deirdre Carberry and Michael Tevlin after original choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa.

In celebration of the dance program’s 50th anniversary, CCM DANCE AT 50, a retrospective piece written by Janet Light, has been produced in a limited edition. Audiences are invited to meet the writer and receive a signed copy of the publication at a table in the Corbett Auditorium lobby at the conclusion of each performance.

Learn more about the history of CCM Dance by visiting

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 18
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Giselle are $27-31 adults, $17-20 non-UC students and $15-18 UC students with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.