Playhouse, QPAC

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?

Performed over two acts, Giselle features a mythical and other-worldly 'White Act' - a classic component of the Romantic ballet era.

With exquisite choreography, luminous costumes, and an enchanting score, Giselle has held audiences spellbound since its Parisian première more than 150 years ago.

Orchestral services provided by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra for this production are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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Adolphe Adam


Peter Cazalet

Peter Cazalet

Original costumes and sets

Ai-Gul Gaisina

Ai-Gul Gaisina

Production and Staging

Nigel Gaynor

Nigel Gaynor

Music Arrangement, Conductor

Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes

Lighting Designer

Marius Petipa

Choreographer, after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra

Music performance

A complimentary printed program is available at the performance. We encourage you to please take one between two. You can also download the program here

Learn more about Giselle with our online program, Behind the Curtain. View highlights, costume facts, backstage photos, learn about the music and much more…

#Behind the Scenes

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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