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Metamorphosis Dance Company
Presents: “Giselle”
Queen’s Hall
Thursday 26th  April at 6:30 p.m., Friday 27th, Saturday 28th May at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 29th May 2012 at 6:30 p.m.


Artistic Director: Nancy Herrera
Production Team: Nancy Herrera, Carol Yip Choy
and Susan Shurland
Choreography: Frederic Jahn
Assistant Choreographer: Patricia Ruanne
Stage Management:  Giselle Langton
Lighting:  Curtis Bachan
Costume and Set design: Simone Phillips
Costume construction: Maurice Raphael and Neil Adams
Wardrobe: Carol Yip Choy and Michelle Mose

ACT I
Setting: Workers’ Village,
Courland Cocoa Estate, Trinidad
(early 1900s)
Giselle, a young seamstress, lives with her mother, Bertha who is the Cook in the Great House of Courland. The Foreman, Hilaire loves Giselle and wants to marry her, but she no longer has interest nor affection for him, having fallen in love with a handsome young man, Albert, who has newly arrived on the island.  She is unaware that he is in fact, the heir to the Courland Estate, who left as a boy for his education in Europe.  Her dreams that he will marry her are quite unrealistic, merely seeing Giselle as a diversion as he is betrothed to Mathilde. Hilaire sees the two of them together and overwhelmed with jealousy, incites a fight with Albert, much to Giselle’s distress. Hilaire suspects that Albert is not what he seems.


It is harvest time and the villagers arrive to celebrate and dance.  Giselle introduces Albert to her mother, whose reaction to him is very negative, which Giselle cannot understand.


The owner of the Courland cocoa estate and his Retinue arrive, taking Mathilde on a tour of what will soon become her new home. Bertha, Giselle’s mother, provides them with refreshments and Giselle is fascinated by the beauty of Mathilde’s gown.  Mathilde shows an interest in the young seamstress and eventually they confide that both will soon be married. Mathilde asks Courland if she may offer Giselle her necklace, a family heirloom, as a wedding gift. He agrees.


Giselle dances for them to demonstrate her thanks, followed by three workers who entertain them. Mathilde dances for them all, in return.Bertha invites them to shelter from the sun for a while in her house and Giselle slips out to find Albert again. Once again, Hilaire finds them together just at the moment that Albert recognises the necklace that Giselle is wearing.  Albert’s consternation confirms what Hilaire suspects and he calls Courland and Mathilde from the house.


Mathilde is amazed to find Albert in the village, but Giselle is appalled to witness that they know each other well. When Mathilde informs her that Albert is in fact her fiancé, Giselle’s sanity snaps and she throws the neck lace back at Mathilde, and goes into a state of madness. In desperation, she kills herself.

Act I: Cast
GISELLE -
Shari Rhyner (Thursday and Friday)
Yia Gomez (Saturday and Sunday)
Understudies: Anais Hinds and
Celine Singh
BERTHA (Giselle’s Mother) -
Bridgette Wilson
MATHILDE (Albert’s Fiancée) -
Yia Gomez (Thursday and Friday)
Shari Rhyner (Saturday and Sunday)
Understudies: Anais Hinds and
Celine Singh
SOPHIE (Mathilde’s Friend) -
Amanda de Freitas
Understudy: Vaugn Harper
AUNT LOUISE (Courland’s Sister) -
Anya Reyes 
Understudy: Celine Choo Woon Chee
ALBERT (Plantation Heir) -
Kriston Trim
Understudy: Michael Mortley
WILFRED (Albert’s Friend) -
Michael Mortley
Understudy: Simeon Peters
HILARE (Plantation Foreman) -
Gregor Breedy
Understudy: Michael Mortley
COURLAND (Albert’s father, owner of the
Estate) - Cleavand Serries
Understudy: Trevorn Cudjoe
GENTLEMAN IN COURLAND’S RETINUE -
Marvin Dowridge
Understudy: Nkosi Bobb
MALE PLANTATION WORKERS
(Hat dance Trio) - Simeon Peters, Kadeem
Hosein, Trevorn Cudjoe
Understudies: Michael Mortley, Nkosi Bobb
and Oluseyi Todd
MEN OF THE VILLAGE
Nkosi Bobb and Oluseyi Todd
WOMEN (plantation workers)
Anais Hinds
Celine Choo Woon Chee
Celine Singh
Dara-Marie Raggay
Deliece Knights
Elena Kam Chin
Keeley Hosang
Marie Lashley
Vaugn Harper
Yanick Best
Understudies
Amanda de Freitas
Andrea Mohammed
Angelle Noelle
Anneliese Pedro
Anya Reyes
Natalia Williams
Nika Gasparez
CHILDREN (plantation workers’ offspring)
Anna-Marie de Freitas
JaNear Mc Intosh
Karissa Kowlessar
Reneé Theroulde
Seline Fouché
Stephanie Pereira
Jael Neptune

ACT II
Setting: Deep in the forest


Because Giselle commits suicide, she cannot be buried in hallowed ground in a churchyard, and so the men of the
village carry her body out into the forest, accompanied by her mother and Hilaire.  Suddenly, they are terrified by the
apparition of the Soucouyant, who awakens the Spirits. These Spirits were women who took their own lives after
being betrayed or abandoned by their lovers, and who now seek vengeance on any man who strays into their
presence. They bring forth the new Spirit of Giselle into their midst.


When Albert arrives searching for Giselle’s grave, his obvious regret and grief touches Giselle and she is unable
to torment him, but instead appears to him in an attempt to console him.


Hilaire is discovered by the Spirits and driven to dance until exhausted, whilst Albert seems doomed to suffer the same fate.  However, Giselle intervenes to protect him and the strength of her love serves as a barrier which shields him from the worst excesses of the  Spirits, until dawn breaks at which point the Spirits must return to their graves again.


Giselle has saved Albert and he carries her back to her burial place, knowing that her forgiveness of him will bring them both peace.  As he starts to leave, he sees his father and Mathilde who have come to persuade him that they have also forgiven him; now, he must go on with his life.


Act II: Cast
SOUCOUYANT - Vaugn Harper
Understudy: Elena Kam Chin
GISELLE’S SPIRIT -
Shari Rhyner (Thursday and Friday)
Yia Gomez (Saturday and Sunday)
Understudies: Anais Hinds
and Celine Singh
SPIRITS (vengeful female spirits)
Marie Lashley
Anais Hinds
Celine Singh
Celine Choo Woon Chee
Deliece Knights
Dara-Marie Raggay
Elena Kam Chin
Yanick Best
Anya Reyes
Amanda de Freitas
Understudies to the Spirits
Andrea Mohammed
Anneliese Pedro
Keeley Hosang
Natalia Williams
Nika Gasparez
Angelle Noelle
DOUENS
Seline Fouché
Stephanie Pereira
JaNear Mc Intosh
Jael Neptune
Reneé Theroulde
Karissa Kowlessar
Anna-Marie de Freitas
HILARE (Plantation Foreman) -
Gregor Breedy
Understudy: Michael Mortley
COURLAND (Albert’s father) -
Cleavand Serries
Understudy: Trevorn Cudjoe
ALBERT - Kriston Trim
Understudy: Michael Mortley
MATHILDE - Yia Gomez/ Shari Rhyner 
Understudies: Anais Hinds and Celine Singh
BERTHA (Giselle’s Mother) -
Bridgette Wilson
FUNERAL RETINUE - Simeon Peters,
Kadeem Hosein, Trevorn Cudjoe,
Oluseyi Todd, Michael Mortley, Nkosi Bobb