A Ballet in two acts, Giselle constitutes one of the most expressive masterpieces of romantic ballet. Adolphe Adam marked a page in his illustrious career with the creation of this piece regarding the libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier. Premiered in Paris on the 20th June in 1841, Giselle is appreciated by the great dancers because of the high technical and stylistic requirements for the interpretation of the main character, based on the original choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and later adapted by Marius Petipa.

Giselle tells the story of a young peasant, a tender and translucent figure from modest origins, in love with Albert, Prince of Silesia, who posed as a peasant to win her love, but was already promised to another noble. At the discovery of this deceit Giselle's soul is consumed by grief. Inconsolable, she finds herself engulfed in a spiral of despair that leads her to madness, succumbing to the terrible pain inflicted on her fragile heart.

Giselle's eternal love for Albert, who visits her grave at night, saves him from seeing her spirit possessed by the ghostly Wilis, vampire ghosts of young brides who all died before their wedding day.It is their duty to compel any man to dance to death, but Giselle intervenes, and dancing in Albert's place, prevents him from dying of exhaustion, breaking the Wilis spell. At sunrise, the Wilis return to their graves; Giselle must return, too, but not without first forgiving Albert. In the farewell, promises of eternal love appease the announced separation; Giselle is now a Wili for the rest of eternity.

Creative team

Company Russian Classical Ballet
Music Adolphe Adam
Libretto Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier
Original choreography Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot adapted by Marius Petipa
Set Design Evgeny Gurenko
Costume Design by Irina Ivanova
Light Design Denis Danilov
31st March 2012
Producer/Promoter: Classic Stage
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