Three dancers are cast to dance the title role in Silicon Valley Ballet's upcoming production of Alicia Alonso's Giselle. We caught up with Principal Dancer Ommi Pipit-Suksun, and asked her about taking on one of ballet's most challenging and beloved roles. This is Ommi's first time preparing the role of Giselle for the stage.
"Dancing the role of Giselle is like a dream come true," related Ommi. "It is one of the most iconic roles and I have always dreamt of dancing it one day. I have seen many dancers dancing the role of Giselle (through YouTube!) and it is really hard to say who is my favorite. One thing that I look to for inspiration is how genuine the acting is. I like real yet subtle acting and nothing too overdone."
"Giselle is for sure one of the hardest ballet both technically and emotionally," Ommi continued. "One of the most challenging aspects for me will be all the jumping, as jumping is not exactly my strong suit. The most difficult is hoping on pointe. I am not sure what's going to happen because I can not hop on pointe to safe my life so we shall see!"
"I look forward to experience the whole process of learning the choreography and discovering my own interpretation of the role. I also look forward to performing and overcoming the technical challenges of the role."
Best wishes for this artistic journey, Ommi! We can't wait to see the results.