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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. Originally staged by Peter Darrell in 1971 this production has remained one of the finest versions of this tragic story. Darre;;'s skilful depiction of rustic village life contrasts with the chillingly supernatural world of the Wilis and the production has been widely acclaimed.Music Adolphe Adam. Company Scottish Ballet. Choreographer Marius Petipa (afer Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot). Producer Peter Darrell. Music Adolphe Adam. Design Peter Cazalet. Lighting George Thomson.
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