GISELLE : Photo – Bill Cooper / Royal Opera House
Giselle is one of the great Romantic ballets and Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic tale explores betrayal, the supernatural and love.
Giselle was first performed in Paris in 1841 and since then it has remained at the centre of the classical repertory. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet is based on Marius Petipa’s classic version (after original choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli), which was first staged in St Petersburg in 1884.
GISELLE : Sarah Lamb as Giselle, Photo – Bill Cooper / Royal Opera House
The story centres around Giselle, a peasant girl, who has fallen in love with Count Albrecht, who has told her he is a villager named Loys. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences.
Giselle kills herself. Distraught, Albrecht wanders the forests – and discovers that Giselle has become one of the Wilis, shades of young women who died before their wedding day. The Wilis dance all men that come across their path to death; but Giselle intercedes on Albrecht’s behalf. Her forgiveness saves Albrecht and releases her from the Wilis, so that she may finally rest in peace.
GISELLE : Natalia Osipova as Giselle, Photo – Bill Cooper / Royal Opera House
Giselle is one of the great challenges to dancers, who need to combine great technical and dramatic skills and remains one of the great examples of Romantic classical ballet.
About 2 hours 15 minutes, including one interval
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