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Soweto-style Giselle for The Lowry

Published: 1 September 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Soweto-born dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo’s Giselle is at The Lowry, Salford October 22–23 during the first UK tour of the production.

It follows reinterpretations of Carmen, Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake.

Masilo dances the title role and leads her company of 12, accompanied by a score from South African composer Philip Miller, which fuses electronic sampling from the original orchestrations by Adolphe Adam, layered with African voice and percussion.

Masilo trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance and fuses these with African dance steps to create her signature high-speed style.

Opening in a lively South African village, her Giselle tells the story of a trusting peasant girl thrust into a world of betrayal and shame when her lover rejects her. She returns from the grave as a supernatural being bent on revenge.