13. – 19.6.2018

Artistic director Jorma Uotinen

DADA MASILO South Africa

Giselle chor. Dada Masilo

The romantic story of Giselle is probably the most performed ballet in the world. Now it will be staged by a South African contemporary choreographer Dada Masilo. Masilo’s visit to Kuopio will be the second one, as her version of the Swan Lake dazzled the Dance Festival audience in 2014!

The traditional ballet is about a peasant girl named Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering that her lover is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle’s love frees him from their grasp.

In Masilo’s version Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, is a Sangoma, a traditional healer. The Wilis are ancestors’ spirits who literally call Giselle to join them. They are not a group of sweet, sad girls, but rather something more terrifying... They have been had. And they want revenge. Their spirits can only be free if they bring about the deaths of those who wronged them. Giselle does not forgive. After her revenge she is released from the mortal world and can be free.

Masilo is a true African artist. She hasn’t forgotten the classical roots of her pieces, but she has not forgotten her own African roots either. The African influence in her choreography is clear and beautiful! The score will be created by a South African composer Philip Miller. It will be influenced by the original music by Adolphe Adam but using, in addition to the western classical instruments, African percussion and voice.

Masilo’s Giselle will be premiered in May 2017, so you will have a change to see a fresh new dance piece in Kuopio!

Programme may be altered.

Photo (c) Stella Olivier: workshop for William Kentridge´s 'More Sweetly Play the Dance'


Choreography Dada Masilo
Music Philip Miller
Drawings William Kentridge
Lighting Design Suzette le Sueur
Supported by The Joyce Theater (New York), Hopkins Center (Dartmouth College, New Hampshire), la Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2018 (France), Sadler’s Wells (London)
Age Recommendation 14


19.6. & 20.6. at 18
Kuopio Music Centre, concert hall
Duration 95 min, incl. interval

NOT recommended for children under the age of 14

Tickets from 53,50€