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.


Music(s): Adolphe Adam, Adolphe Adam (music edit)
Company: Royal Ballet
Choreographer(s): Marius Petipa (after Jean Coralli), Peter Wright (additional choreography)
Design(s): Theophile Gautier (scenario - after Heinrich Heine), John Macfarlane
Lighting(s): Jennifer Tipton (original lighting), David Finn
Other(s): Christopher Carr (staging), Gary Avis (staging), Samantha Raine (staging)
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Giselle (Dance or ballet) production archive for QTIX code T1076639248. Details of all Giselle archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S702

Archive Listings

4 Nov 21
3 Dec 21
Royal Opera House
West End
Greater London

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