1 April 2016 at 10.30am | 43 Comments
Giselle is considered one of the greatest Romantic ballets – a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death. Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic version is a favourite in The Royal Ballet’s repertory.
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Giselle, a peasant girl, falls in love with villager called Loys – only to discover his name is actually Count Albrecht, and that he is engaged to a noblewoman. Knowing they can never be wed, Giselle takes her own life.
In Act II, Albrecht visits Giselle’s grave where he encounters her ghost. He is entrapped by the spirits of jilted lovers known as the Wilis, who are determined to force him to dance to his death. Only Giselle’s forgiveness can release him from their clutches.
Giselle is the quintessential Romantic ballet. It transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the centre of the classical repertory.
Peter Wright’s Giselle is filled with energetic, bravura dancing. The heroine in Act I is a bundle of youthful enthusiasm, eager to show off her dazzling steps at any opportunity. Her first appearance in Act II is another brilliant display.
The emotional climax of the ballet is a pas de deux, where Giselle begs for the man who caused her death to be forgiven.
Itziar Mendizabal will dance Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis.
Giselle opened on 26 February 2016. Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review.
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