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First produced in 1841 at the Paris Opera, Giselle
is perhaps the best known and most poignant ballet of the Romantic era. Set in a medieval Rhineland village, it tells of Giselle, a naive peasant girl, who is driven to suicide when deceived by her aristocratic lover, Albrecht. Filled with remorse, Albrecht visits her moonlit grave where he is condemned to death by ghostly spirits - the Wilis. However Giselle's love for Albrecht transcends death and she protects him until sunrise destroys the Wilis power and he is saved.Performers Nao Sakuma (Jun 25/27), Matthew Lawrence (Jun 25/27), Dominic Antonucci (Jun 25), Gaylene Cummerfield (Jun 25), Elisha Willis (Jun 26), Jamie Bond (Jun 26), Robert Gravenor (Jun 26), Lei Zhao (Jun 26), Ambra Vallo (Jun 26/28), Joseph Caley (Jun 26/28), Christopher Larsen (Jun 26/28), Carol-Anne Millar (Jun 26/28), James Grundy (Jun 27), Victoria Marr (Jun 27).
Music Adolphe Adam. Company Birmingham Royal Ballet. Music Joseph Horowitz (revised). Design Hayden Griffin. Lighting Mark Jonathan. Choreographer Marius Petipa (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot).
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