Before they glide across the Keller Auditorium stage in Giselle , Oregon Ballet Theatre’s “biggest, most lush production of the season,” dancers must, of course, rigorously rehearse. And in the attached slide show, we’ve got proof!

Poised like a marionettist beside the beautiful dancers, choreographer Lola de Avila demonstrates movements and corrects gestures until they become routine. Eventually she pulls back to let the magic happen on its own…but we suspect that her blue shirt is never too far out of the frame.

Thrilled to be working on the piece, de Avila recently revealed, “Giselle is one of my favorites…because it’s all about eternal things,” (Watch OBT’s interview video with her and Christopher Stowell to hear more.) In the same way that ghost maidens haunt the fringes of this German fairy tale, de Avila’s movements will surely linger with the dancers as they take the stage this weekend.

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