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Giselle screened live in cinemas across the world on 27 January

Digital Guide contains exclusive features, films and interviews to bring you closer to the production.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

25 January 2014 at 11.19am | 26 Comments

Peter Wright's classic production of Giselle, starring Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta, will be screened live in cinemas across the globe on Monday 27 January.

A tale of betrayal, enduring love and the supernatural, Giselle is one of the most influential of all Romantic ballets. Find out more in our Ballet Essentials article.

Digital Guide

The Royal Opera House has produced a digital guide to The Royal Ballet’s Giselle, containing specially selected films, articles and photos to bring you closer to the production. The guide, which costs £2.99, is designed to help you engage with the work, from viewing exclusive pictures of the cast in rehearsal, to finding out about the era in which it was written.

It includes an introduction to the creation of Giselle, features exploring the music and the mime, a full synopsis of The Royal Ballet’s production and an interview with Peter Wright, as well as biographies of the cast and creative team. From Monday morning (27 January) we will be adding an exclusive interview with Carlos Acosta. Buy the Royal Opera House Digital Guide to Giselle.

The Cast

'For me the theme is love that forgives, or as I would call it forgiveness through love,' says Natalia, who is performing the title role. 'I want the audience to come away with a purification of emotions - a catharsis.'

'For the woman, it's very demanding technically and physically,' says Hikaru Kobayashi, who is dancing the role of Queen of the Wilis. 'It's very tiring. There are lots of different jumps, and after those jumps, you are still on stage and have to have the authority and presence of a queen.'

Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet, which had its premiere in 1985, has had more than 550 performances. Watch Peter Wright discussing the revival and working in rehearsals with Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez.

Review

Read audience reactions to the opening night of Giselle and add your own review.

The Royal Opera House is also creating a Digital Guide for Kasper Holten’s new production of Don Giovanni, which will be available to buy soon. 

Giselle runs from 18 January-10 February 2014. A small number of tickets are still available.The ballet will be broadcast live to cinemas worldwide on 27 January 2014. Find your nearest cinema.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Celia Blakey and the Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

25 January 2014 at 11.19am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, broadcast, by Peter Wright, cinema, digital guide, giselle, live relay, Production, Royal Ballet

This article has 26 comments

  1. Stuart Dixon responded on 25 January 2014 at 12:15pm Reply

    Taking this a little off topic, but are there any plans to show Giselle or any other ballet in cinemas in 3D. That would be something.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 27 January 2014 at 3:36pm

      Dear Stuart

      Recording performances in 3D is very expensive, but we will continue to consider options for the capture of our performances. We did capture Carmen in 3D a few years ago.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

    • David Anderson responded on 14 March 2014 at 10:36pm

      My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the live relay of Giselle on 27 January and I am very keen to obtain a recording of this production featuring the spellbinding performance of Natalia Osipova. I note the comment below that there are plans to issue this on DVD. I would find it rather disappointing if it were not also to be released on Blu-ray. Is this part of the plan?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 17 March 2014 at 11:58am

      Hi David,

      All recordings, when released, will be available on both DVD and Blu-Ray formats.

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  2. Manon1753 responded on 25 January 2014 at 12:55pm Reply

    Would it be an idea to include the change of cast in the "What's on?" section? Right now, it still looks as if Acosta will be dancing on Monday. Not everybody may be aware of the need to double check under the "News" section.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 27 January 2014 at 3:27pm

      Hi there

      Carlos is indeed dancing on Monday (tonight). Are you referring to the changes from last week?

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  3. Manon1753 responded on 25 January 2014 at 1:01pm Reply

    Apologies. The cast change for Hansel& Gretel (why?) does NOT affect the cast for Giselle. All a bit confusing. Please withdraw my earlier post as it is irrelevant.

  4. wicks responded on 25 January 2014 at 2:09pm Reply

    You have the WRONG DATE. It should be Monday 27th JANUARY

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 25 January 2014 at 6:46pm

      Apologies. This error has been amended. The cinema relay is on 27 January.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  5. Mike D Spoors responded on 25 January 2014 at 2:21pm Reply

    February not January?

  6. Geoff responded on 25 January 2014 at 3:58pm Reply

    Lottie, you got the month wrong in your headline. This is on Monday (January) not next month (February). Easy mistake to make but it will confuse many. Best to check before posting.

  7. Karen responded on 25 January 2014 at 5:44pm Reply

    You need to change the headline and in body copy which currently reads will be screened on 27 February, instead of 27 January (this Monday) or people will miss it!

  8. D Littler responded on 25 January 2014 at 5:56pm Reply

    Sorry, but your heading and text both say the live screening is on February 27th instead of January 27th.

  9. Hi, just wondering if there are any plans to release this recording on DVD in the future?
    I'm unable to get to a cinema but really want to see this casting!

  10. Hazlemere responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:28am Reply

    Will it be possible to buy a DVD of this production? I thought Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta were the most superb performers and I'd like a DVD with them performing.

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 29 January 2014 at 10:40am

      Hi Sue,

      The production will be released on DVD with a release date TBC. Do keep an eye on these pages for more information when it becomes available.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  11. Melissa responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:36am Reply

    I saw this tremendous performance last evening. Thank you for making this accessible to everyone. Can you help me understand how this was possibly broadcast LIVE? I saw this at 7:30pm near New York City and have a hard time believing your performance took place after midnight.

  12. Kim responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:28pm Reply

    Absolutely amazing.

  13. John Grant responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:50pm Reply

    When you say 'screened live in cinemas', are we (in a U.S. movie theater) watching it as it is happening in London? It aired at 7pm my time (US-EST) meaning it would have been a 12 midnight show in London.

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 29 January 2014 at 12:58pm

      Hi John,

      US screenings are 'delayed live' which means that the performance is recorded in the US at the same time as the show is performed from London on the night (ie no edits are made). US cinemas will then screen it a few hours later at their next available evening according to their location and time zones.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  14. Joan Hopton responded on 29 January 2014 at 10:55pm Reply

    Monday night was a fabulous ballet experience; everything combined to make it a really memorable evening; especially Natalia's performance. I know some cinemas are showing an encore performance this Saturday but none near me in Preston, Lancashire. Do you think it will be possible to repeat the performance at a future date? I know several people who couldn't make it on Monday but who would love to see it and I'm sure plenty in the nearly packed Preston Odeon would love to see it again. The dvd is a must buy but I would love to see it again on the big screen.

  15. Beverley Saunders responded on 26 May 2014 at 1:28pm Reply

    My mother very much enjoyed the live relay of Giselle on 27 January, with Carlos Acosta and Natalia Osipova, and I am keen to purchase the DVD for her when it is available. Do you know yet when the issue date be confirmed please?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 27 May 2014 at 10:12am

      Hi Beverley,

      We don't have a release date yet, but do keep an eye on our News and Features section for info when it's confirmed.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  16. Iolani Martin responded on 13 July 2014 at 9:07am Reply

    Hi ! I loved this production of Giselle when i saw it in January...
    I fell in love with both Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta, they're magnificent dancers.
    I would love to know if there's a date for the DVD.
    I wish to Re-Experience the moment.

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 24 July 2014 at 11:29am

      Hi Iolani,

      Do keep an eye out for a DVD release date on these pages, although one hasn't yet been confirmed.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

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