Watch: Giselle in rehearsals
Producer Peter Wright rehearses with Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez.
17 January 2014 at 5.17pm | 1 Comment
A tale of betrayal, enduring love and the supernatural, Giselle follows the story of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a villager, who later is revealed to be a nobleman in disguise.
‘The two leading roles are marvellous, especially the role of Giselle – every ballerina wants to do it’, says Peter. ‘In all the roles, you have to build up the characters and know how each relates to one another. It’s not easy, and it takes a lot of thought and work, but The Royal Ballet are wonderful at that.’
The most influential of all Romantic ballets, Giselle was a huge success on its premiere in Paris in 1841, and has remained at the centre of classical repertory every since. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet has received more than 550 performances since it had its premiere in 1985.
‘Although I’ve been doing this ballet for years and years all over the world, I’m really quite excited about how it’s developing again,’ says Peter. ‘I always like to get that feeling that it’s happening for the first time, which can be difficult when the Company has done it for many years, but they have responded just wonderfully.’
The Royal Opera House has produced a Digital Guide to Giselle, which contains specially selected films, articles and exclusives, including a full-length interview with Peter Wright. Buy the Royal Opera House Digital Guide for £2.99.
Steven McRae was the subject of a recent Twitter Q&A, in which he answered questions about tap dancing, motor racing and future choreographic plans.
The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Celia Blakey and the Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund.