Kate Middleton married her Prince William, but not all romances between aristocrats and commoners end happily ever after. Take the beautiful peasant girl Giselle and the nobleman Albrecht who loves but betrays her for the Duke's daughter, yet finds forgiveness and redemption when he visits Giselle's forest grave, where she protects him from vengeful spirits who dance their prey to death (it is a ballet after all). Los Angeles Ballet caps its celebratory fifth season with this challenging and most romantic of ballets. Since its premiere in 1841, the luscious music, beautiful choreography and timeless love story have made Giselle one of the longest continually performed ballets in the classical repertoire. Two years ago, artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary mounted a magical La Sylphide, affirming the company's commitment to full-length ballets along with top-notch productions of Balanchine masterpieces and adventurous new choreography from L.A. dancemakers including Mandy Moore, Travis Wall and Sonya Tayeh (So You Think You Can Dance). After last week's opening in Redondo Beach, LAB moves to its two other home venues. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Fri., May 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 28, 6 p.m. (Season5 Gala Celebration; tickets sold separately); Sun., May 29, 2 p.m.; $25-$95, (310) 998-7782, losangelesballet.org.

Fri., May 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 28, 6 p.m.; Sun., May 29, 2 p.m., 2011

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