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Beautiful and haunting, Giselle is a luminous masterpiece of Romantic ballet.
Her heart broken and her reason shattered, the innocent village girl Giselle succumbs to untimely death. Deep in the moonlit forest, she emerges in the twilight spirit world of the vengeful Wilis. When Giselle's repentant lover Albrecht visits her grave, only her undying love and devotion can sustain him through the Wilis' irresistible, deathly dance.
Requiring exceptional technical and dramatic skills, this heart-rending tale of love, remorse and forgiveness has held audiences spellbound since its première in 1841. Ai-Gul Gaisina's traditional production of Giselle offers breathtaking, graceful dance, but ultimately it is the emotional depth of this exquisite work that will touch your heart.
Produced and staged by Ai-Gul Gaisina
Choreography Maruis Petipa, after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Libretto Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier
Composer Adolphe Adam
Conductor Andrew Mogrelia
Set and Costume Design Based on original designs by Peter Cazalet
Lighting Design Ben Hughes
Giselle was first presented by the Ballet du Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris, France, on 28 June 1841. The choreography in this production derives from the revival by Marius Petipa for the Imperial Russian Ballet in 1884, 1899, and 1903.