Journey into the beautiful world of love, ghosts and mystery with Houston Ballet’s Giselle presented with the famous lakeside scene from Swan Lake and the spectacular showpiece, Le Corsaire (The Pirate). The ballet takes place at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of George P. Mitchell, The Wortham Foundation and The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts. This event also is sponsored in part by Rico’s Restaurants. Pre-performance activities are sponsored by Linn Energy. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open 6:30 p.m.

Giselle, a moving new staging by celebrated Russian ballerina Ai-Gul Gaisina and artistic director Stanton Welch, was choreographed by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli to a commissioned score by Adolphe Adam. The work originally premiered in Paris on June 28, 1841.

Giselle is the story of a peasant girl deceived by Count Albrecht, her transformation into a Wili (the ghosts of women betrayed on their wedding day) and her forgiveness of her errant lover which results in his salvation. This new staging by Gaisina harkens back to the Russian productions of her childhood. Giselle is one of the oldest ballets of the Romantic era still performed. Before the full-length performance of Giselle with  live orchestra accompaniment, enjoy a presentation of the famous lakeside scene from Swan Lake, one of the most beautiful passages in all of classical ballet, and the spectacular classical showpiece, Le Corsaire (The Pirate).

“I hope that the lyrical, delicate, and grave beauty of Giselle will stir the emotions of audiences of all ages,” said Gaisina. “If there is one story ballet that will be a benchmark for ballet lover’s knowledge, it will always be Giselle. I hope my contribution to this important piece of art will be a meaningful one.”

Come early and enjoy pre-performance activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza beginning at 6:30 p.m. featuring Payne Academy of Performing Arts performing scenes from Swan Lake Acts II & III, as well as The Pavilion Partners Arts & Crafts booth, Fidelity Investments, Woodforest National Bank, Chick-fil-A and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Guests also can register to win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.”

Guests are welcome to have a picnic in their seat or on the hill at Giselle. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Sitting on the hill? Lawn chairs also are provided free for this event! 

Get a spectacular deal for every performance of the season with a 2012 performing arts subscription. Season tickets are just $175 per seat and include orchestra-level seating (sections 101-103) to all Houston Symphony concerts and the Houston Ballet at The Pavilion, VIP on-site parking, admission to the Woodforest Bank VIP Club for each performance and a subscription to The Pavilion’s CenterStage newsletter. Performing arts subscribers also receive preferred seating and VIP on-site parking for the Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra performance. But that’s not all! Subscribe by May 4 and receive a “Celebrate the Arts” canvas tote, an invitation to a VIP reception with a symphony conductor and more. Performing arts subscriptions are available now. Children’s Festival is not included in season subscriptions.

Tickets to Giselle are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free and tickets are not required. Orchestra tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, select H-E-B and Walmart locations and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at

Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive.  Parking is $5 per vehicle for this and most performing arts events. Tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Box Office. Guests also may park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2012 Performing Arts Season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation and United Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion acknowledges the financial support of The Woodlands Township that is generated by the Event Admissions Tax for its performing arts and educational outreach programs.

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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is part of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The Center is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.


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