1987, when she first joined Houston Ballet, Ms. Giannelli has designed
the lighting for the world premieres of Stanton Welch’s Four
Seasons, Nosotros, Indigo and Bruiser, Trey McIntyre’s
Peter Pan, Skeleton Clock, Curupira, Touched, Second Before the Ground,
Bound and The Shadow, Ben Stevenson’s Eclipse,
Don Quixote, Five Poems, and Twilight, Glen Tetley’s Lux in Tenebris,
and Christopher Bruce’s Hush, among others. She has designed
the Houston premieres of Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal
Gardée and Les Patineurs, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s
Manon, and new works for Julia Adam, Dominic Walsh, Natalie Weir
and Lila York. When not working with Houston Ballet, Ms. Giannelli freelances
extensively with ballet and opera companies around the country and abroad.
She was the resident lighting designer for the Cleveland San Jose Ballet
from 1993-1996 and is currently the resident designer for Texas Ballet
Theater. In the course of her career she has had the privilege of lighting
such legendaries as Placido Domingo, Carmen de Lavallade, Rudolph Nureyev,
Carlos Acosta, and Sigourney Weaver among others. Locally, Ms Giannelli
has served on the Boards of Zocalo Artists Yard, Infernal Bridegroom Productions,
the DiverseWorks Artists Board and the Houston Dance Coalition’s
Board of Directors. She was the recipient of a Houston Arts Alliance Individual
Artists Grant in 2009.
She joined AlienNation Co. in the conceptual and scenographic development of the new "MIRAK" opera project that will be premiered in December 1999, and designed the lighting for the premiere at DiverseWorks. She also had a role as a vocalist in MIRAK.
In 2007 she participated in AlienNation Co.s research and development for Puntos de Fuga, a new multimedia play for which she will design the lighting. Her own collaborative new work was featured in Focus, premiered January 0, 2010 at Hobby Center, Houston. Produced In collaboration with Aurora Picture Show and Musiqa, Focus is the the second of Musiqa's 2009-10 subscription concerts, offering an eye-opening mix of film, lighting, and music.