Playhouse, QPAC

#A supernatural tale of passion, vengeance, and the power of love

Experience love, envy, betrayal, and tragic redemption in the celebrated romantic ballet, Giselle. First performed in Paris, France in 1841, this Romantic-era masterpiece is set in an ethereal realm where vengeful spirits dance in the darkness, and love triangles can be deadly. 

Young Giselle is a peasant girl in love with Duke Albrecht, who courts her in disguise as a peasant boy. Gamekeeper Hilarion is in love with Giselle and filled with jealousy. When he finds out the Duke is engaged to another, he reveals Albrecht's deception to Giselle. Devastated, she dies of a broken heart. Deep in the moonlit forest, Giselle emerges in the twilight world of the Wilis who rise from dusk ‘til dawn seeking vengeance among men. Giselle is faced with an impossible decision: will she follow the dark path of revenge or save her true love from certain death? 

With luminous costumes, an enchanting score, and exquisite choreography derived from the revival by the world-renowned Marius Petipa, Giselle has held audiences spellbound since its Parisian première more than 150 years ago. 

"This is THE romantic ballet." Scene Magazine 
"… a visual feast of pure classical ballet." The Blurb 
" … outstanding dancing" The Australian 


Read more about the production creatives.

Ai-Gul Gaisina

Ai-Gul Gaisina


Marius Petipa


Nigel Gaynor

Nigel Gaynor


Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra

Music Performers

Peter Cazalet

Peter Cazalet

Sets & Costumes Designer

Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes

Lighting Designer


Single tickets on sale from 9am 13 December 2021.

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Playhouse, QPAC 

Russell St, South Brisbane,
Brisbane QLD 4101


Approximately 2 hours, including a 20-minute interval


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Post show Q&A

Q&A Post show panel discussion with creatives and dancers. Held on Tuesday 19th April after 6.30pm show, and Saturday 23rd April after 1.30pm show.

Schools Matinee

Schools only matinee will be held on Friday 22nd April at 12.30pm.

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