@giselle is a bracing new vision of a classic tale, set in a world that looks a lot like yours.

Presented by Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY

Sept 5-7, 2019 – 7:30pm

Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, BC

Starring artists from:
American Ballet Theatre
The National Ballet of Canada
Pennsylvania Ballet

A technology-infused reimagining of the iconic ballet masterwork that examines the ways social media has leveraged an unexpected change on the nature of modern love and relationships.

Vancouver’s own award-winning Joshua Beamish brings his innovative choreographic vision to the Vancouver Playhouse, featuring an all-star lineup of some of North America’s finest ballet artists from American Ballet TheatreThe National Ballet of Canada, and Pennsylvania Ballet. This undeniably modern take on a beloved classic will explore our understandings of love, sex, and relationships in a world of dating apps, Snapchat stories, and Instagram. Using motion-captured digital projections and bold visual effects, this is Giselle reimagined as you’ve never seen her before.

Tickets from $35 available at http://joshuabeamish.eventbrite.com

Read the Full Synopsis

Production Team

Director/Choreographer: Joshua Beamish
Lighting Designer: Mike Inwood
Projection Designer/Animator: Brianna Amore
Production/Stage Manager: Isaac Robinson
Costume Designer/Constructor: Janie Taylor
Rehearsal Director: Heather Dotto
Costume Constructor: Christina Sinosich

Principal Artists

Giselle: Catherine Hurlin, American Ballet Theatre
Albrecht: Harrison James, The National Ballet of Canada
Hilarion: Sterling Baca, Pennsylvania Ballet
Bathilde: Betsy McBride, American Ballet Theatre
Berthe: Beverley Bagg, Ballet BC Resident Teacher
Myrtha: Yoko Kanomata, Ballet Edmonton
Moyna: Ariana Barr, Ballet Edmonton
Zulma: Matisse Maitland, Alberta Ballet II 

Pre-Performance Talks

Joshua Beamish & Jean Orr, Co-Founder of Ballet BC

Sept 5, 2019 from 6:30pm-7pm at Vancouver Playhouse Upper Lobby

Canada’s first Giselle, and Vancouver’s dance legend, shares stories from her journey as Canada’s pioneer ballerina in this iconic role, on the eve of her 90th birthday.

Joshua Beamish & Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet

Sept 6, 2019 from 6:30pm-7pm at Vancouver Playhouse Upper Lobby 

In 2011, over fifteen months, PNB collaborated with Peter Boal on a new staging of Giselle that utilized key primary source documents dated within 1842-1903. Beamish and Boal, both engaged noted Giselle historian Marian Smith in their research for their respective versions.

Joshua Beamish & Chan Hon Goh, Artistic Director of Goh Ballet

Sept 7, 2019 from 6:30pm-7pm Vancouver Playhouse Upper Lobby

Artistic Director of Goh Ballet and National Ballet of Canada superstar, Goh has created the title role and performed Giselle around the world with numerous premier danseurs. She chose to retire from the stage with a final performance as Giselle in 2009. Join Beamish and Goh as they discuss the particular rewards and demands of a dancer’s journey through Giselle.


“Joshua Beamish is turning heads across the continent and emerging as one of Canada’s most promising choreographers”
– Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail

“[Beamish] has an enviable reputation for a choreographic style that emphasizes speed, clarity, and a dazzling array of body isolations
– The Toronto Star

“Beamish’s signature touches are immediately recognizable—the swivelling spines, the erupting body isolations.”
– The Georgia Straight”


Jean Orr Tribute Performance & Celebration (Sept 5 Only)

MOVETHECOMPANY, in partnership with the Vancouver Ballet Society, will celebrate the 90th birthday of Canada’s very first Giselle – Vancouver’s own Jean Orr – with a special post show reception on opening night, September 5, honouring Orr’s iconic legacy and immense contributions to the art form of dance. Tickets to the Jean Orr Tribute Performance & Celebration include top tier seating, meet-and-greets with company artists, a tribute presentation, and refreshments. A tax receipt will be issued with reception ticket purchase.

Limited tickets available by visiting: http://joshuabeamish.com/jeanorreventtickets/



Dancer: Catherine Hurlin, American Ballet Theatre, 2019 Erik Bruhn winner

Photographer: Craig Foster