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Giselle to be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 6 April 2016

Peter Wright’s hauntingly beautiful ballet stars Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

1 April 2016 at 10.30am | 43 Comments

The Royal Ballet’s Giselle will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 6 April 2016 at 7.15pm GMT.

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.

Download the Giselle digital programme for free using the promo code FREEGISELLE and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production.

The cinema relay will be presented by BBC broadcaster Ore Oduba.

The story

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.

The production

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 production for The Royal Ballet is based on Marius Petipa’s classic version, itself inspired by the original 1841 choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli.

Watch Peter Wright in rehearsals for Giselle with Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta.

The choreography

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.

Read our Giselle Dance Highlight: The Act II pas de deux.

The cast

In the cinema relay performance, Argentine dancer Marianela Nuñez will dance the role of Giselle, with Russian dancer Vadim Muntagirov as Count Albrecht.

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.

After the relay, we will publish a roundup of audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHgiselle.

Giselle will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 6 April 2016. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

1 April 2016 at 10.30am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged broadcasts, by Peter Wright, cinema, Darcey Bussell, giselle, live, Marianela Nuñez, Ore Oduba, Production, relay, Vadim Muntagirov

This article has 43 comments

  1. marilyn weston responded on 1 April 2016 at 10:53am Reply

    cant wait to see it at the roh this week
    do you think there will be a dvd of this production?
    and when is the two pigeons being released?
    osipova,nunez and golding were outstanding on tuesday....what a treat

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 1 April 2016 at 11:32am

      Hi Marilyn,

      Thanks for your comment. At the moment there are no plans for this performance of Giselle to be made into a DVD.
      We announce all planned releases on the website and social media channels so please keep in touch for upcoming releases. The planned release for Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons is in October 2016.

      All best,

  2. Stuart Dixon responded on 1 April 2016 at 1:34pm Reply

    What a shame if you don't release Nela/Vadims performance to DVD. Two outstanding dancers, giving brilliant performances. I think there would be a large market for this.

  3. Jacky Newbrook responded on 1 April 2016 at 1:59pm Reply

    Would really love to have a DVD of this performance of Giselle - this cast is very special, and deserve to be 'preserved'.

  4. Marilyn weston responded on 1 April 2016 at 2:08pm Reply

    Thank you
    Will order the dvd when its released

  5. Nicola responded on 1 April 2016 at 4:06pm Reply

    Saw the Vadim/Nela performance last night. I can't stop thinking about it today! This was such a special performance from them - sheer perfection, technically wonderful but above all, heart-rendingly moving - that it needs to be on DVD for posterity to be able to see this wonderful rendition of Giselle. I would buy it in a heartbeat, and I know others who would do so too. Please reconsider your decision not to release it!

  6. Nina Battleday responded on 1 April 2016 at 5:04pm Reply

    A DVD is absolutely essential to preserve such a stunning performance. I think it would be quite insulting to both Nunez and Muntagirov to let the opportunity to record it pass. Please reconsider.

  7. elleG responded on 1 April 2016 at 5:17pm Reply

    I would like to endorse the plea above for there to be a DVD of the amazing Nunez/Muntagirov performance of Giselle. The dancing, heart-rendering characterisation and chemistry of these two wonderful dancers deserves to be recorded for posterity. If it helps, I'll buy dozens of copies and give them as presents for years to come. Ballet simply doesn't get much better than this.

  8. sh responded on 1 April 2016 at 5:57pm Reply

    If there ever was a RB Giselle I'd want to own on DVD, it's this one. Nunez and Muntagirov are very special in this run. Please consider releasing it on DVD.

  9. Pam responded on 1 April 2016 at 6:17pm Reply

    Unfortunately not everyone can see the live Cinema screenings. I live in Jersey & our Cinema is not screening any ROH performances, which is painful enough. I have been lucky to see Nela occasionally when I am able to manage a trip over to the ROH & I think she is compleatly wonderful! I would so love to see this performance of Giselle, - please reconsider releasing the DVD!!! I'm sure many others feel as I do!

  10. Alex Lake responded on 1 April 2016 at 7:22pm Reply

    We want the DVD! We want the DVD! We want the DVD! We want the DVD! We want the DVD! We want the DVD! We want the DVD! We want the DVD!

    BluRay 4K if possible, thank you very much!

  11. Sahlen responded on 1 April 2016 at 11:18pm Reply

    Nunez and Muntagirov as Giselle and Albrecht are giving performances of once-in-a-lifetime excellence - and you are filming it but not releasing a DVD? Incomprehensible. Shocking, even. Possibly disgraceful.
    You have the opportunity to preserve these truly outstanding interpretations for posterity. Take it, please. You owe it to the world of ballet.

  12. Karen Gordon responded on 2 April 2016 at 10:08am Reply

    Absolutely agree with the requests for the Marianela/Vadim performance to be made available on DVD. Sat on March 22nd open mouthed in amazement at their brilliance. And to Sir Peter Wright; you're the best. Thank you forever and ever for your peerless interpretations of the classics.

  13. Rosalie responded on 2 April 2016 at 11:36am Reply

    I totally agree. Please release a DVD! Nunez/Muntagirov is the best Giselle I've ever seen (and I've seen at least twenty partnerships, including Osipova/Acosta, which I also loved, but for different reasons.) Nunez's interpretation of the role is technically brilliant and totally enchanting - so realistically girlish in Act 1, so deeply moving in Act 2. Muntagirov's astonishing virtuosity, lyricism and heart-breaking artistry make him seem born to dance Albrecht. A thrilling pas de six , the whole company on precise and magnificent form, it's a golden time for the Royal Ballet and this performance should be recorded and shared as widely as possible.

  14. Dan Hunt responded on 2 April 2016 at 3:03pm Reply

    I would like to lend my voice to those requesting a Nela/Vadim DVD. I was fortunate enough to have tickets to their (unexpected) first performance. They were exceptional in their artistry, both dramatically and technically superb, providing a fresh, exciting, and unique interpretation. By far the best Giselle I have seen. It would be a travesty for others to be deprived the privilege watching. I await the cinema broadcast with anticipation.

  15. Jen responded on 2 April 2016 at 5:00pm Reply

    Is there any chance the live screenings that aren't released on DVD could be released via Digital Theatre? At the minute there doesn't seem any point in using it as the DVD's are out but surely that way there could be multiple casts of the same production and I for one would love to be able to watch that.

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 7 April 2016 at 12:38pm

      Hi Jen,
      We’re currently looking at different online and on-demand options for our Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions. Keep an eye out for updates!

  16. Joan Hopton responded on 2 April 2016 at 11:59pm Reply

    Please release this amazing performance on dvd. can't wait for the broadcast!

  17. Lynne responded on 3 April 2016 at 12:47pm Reply

    I can only echo what everyone else has already said - please don't let the opportunity to record Marianela and Vadim's stunning performance go begging. It's a case of need - it needs to be recorded for posterity, and I absolutely NEED to own a copy!

  18. Valerie Knight responded on 3 April 2016 at 3:33pm Reply

    I am really looking forward to the relay of Giselle on 6th. It seems to me everyone would like a DVD of their own favourites' performances as with The Two Pigeons. I seem to remember reading a few years ago that ROH recorded every performance and that people would be able to view on line their own choice of casts for a fee, of course. Did I dream this?

  19. Wil Hussaarts responded on 3 April 2016 at 5:23pm Reply

    At this Giselles I can't cross the channel please put this Giselle on DVD than I can enjoy it as well. You are filming, so what is the problem.

  20. Chris Bond responded on 3 April 2016 at 7:23pm Reply

    Saw this cast on Thursday (a performance also being filmed) and they were amazing. I understand not everything can go to DVD, and it is important that productions not so easily available, such as 'Rhapsody/Two Pigeons', should probably be prioritised. However, the performances in the week were so strong, with Nunez highly nuanced dramatically (more so than the lead performance that is on the fairly recently released by Opus Arte 'Giselle') with sharp technique, too. The recordings will exist, and the discs don't have elaborate menus and extras, so it would be a shame not to see more of the performances released, and able to be enjoyed in years to come.

  21. Rob G responded on 4 April 2016 at 9:16am Reply

    No chance of a DVD I think. After all it doesn't have Natalia in it (there was one released with her in it in 2014). Opus Arte seem to only do Royal Ballet dvds when Natalia is starring now.

  22. Jakegee responded on 4 April 2016 at 10:20am Reply

    I was at the ROH in January 2014 when the Carlos Acosta / Natalia Osipova performance of "Giselle" was filmed and it remains one of my most memorable performances ever. I have since watched it on DVD scores of times, and will never tire of it.

    Consequently I was afraid I might not enjoy seeing it onstage this season. However I booked seats for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights' performances last week and enjoyed every one. Marianela & Vadim, then Akane Takada & Nehemiah Kish and finally Laren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli each brought their own merits to their roles as Giselle and Albrecht in totally outstanding performances!

    My initial thought is that I would like to see all of those performances again on DVD in the future!! However, I think that the 2014 Carlos Acosta & Natalia Osipova version is too recent to bring out another version so soon. The amount of editing etc required must be enormous to produce a top quality DVD. We also have the relatively recent production featuring the wonderful Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobburg which I also love to watch.

    Do we want to be spoiled for choice? Well, yes, I admit it - if Opus Arte do make it available on DVD, I'll certainly buy it!! What I would really have liked would have been a double DVD of the Rhapsody / Two Pigeons performances so that we were not deprived of the Francesca Hayward / James Hay performance of "Rhapsody" which was superlative, and likewise the Yuhui Choe / Alexander Campbell "Two Pigeons".

    Now I am eagerly awaiting the release of the quadruple bill including Carlos Acosta's wonderful "Carmen" which I am delighted to see is to be available on 2nd May. I have already pre-booked my copies!!

  23. J Gingell responded on 4 April 2016 at 1:33pm Reply

    This superlative cast and Peter Wright's definitive production make this the best Giselle ever. I believe that you will be failing in your task as custodians of the Royal Ballet's heritage if you fail to preserve it.

  24. Lucy responded on 4 April 2016 at 6:51pm Reply

    Why do balletomanes insist on putting down one dancer to praise another? Just a thought.

    Out of interest, how expensive is it to produce DVDs of a live performance? I thought it'd be relatively cheap to just transfer the footage but maybe I'm wrong?

  25. Stuart Dixon responded on 4 April 2016 at 7:12pm Reply

    I feel compelled to say that whilst jakegee may feel it quote "too recent to bring out another version so soon" onquote, then that is not my view nor, I may venture to say, that of the other contributors to this topic. I note that further in his/her review jakegee does say he/she would buy it which at the end of the day is what matters. In all art, that magical performance only happens rarely, and when it does, it has to be captured and shared with everyone. I believe this is in that category.

  26. Isaac B responded on 4 April 2016 at 7:21pm Reply

    Funny how if you have a differing opinion you suddenly become wrong. I'm actually eagerly anticipating the upcoming Carmen release. Guess that discredits me in the eyes of the experts eyeing this page.

    I'd rather Marianela's Manon being released rather than another Giselle. Any chance of that? Or is it too late now.

  27. Sim responded on 4 April 2016 at 11:55pm Reply

    I saw the Nela/Vadim cast twice and was very moved and bowled over both times. They were superb, and the ballet affected me as it should because both leads were equal in their artistry, and had perfect chemistry. I too would buy this DVD, and so would my daughter, who was with me both times. Please release this for everybody who loves, or even likes, ballet.

  28. Chris Bond responded on 5 April 2016 at 10:01am Reply

    How about an Opus Arte 'sub-label' that simply releases the performances as relayed, on a streamlined disc? Called, simply, 'Royal Ballet Live'. Would make business sense, and would allow for dissemination and preservation of fine performances - and, here, one that offers transcendent characterisation.

  29. Rosalie responded on 5 April 2016 at 6:31pm Reply

    I think this is a great idea, Chris! I'm lucky enough to be watching the live relay live at the ROH, but I am really torn because I'd also love to see the live relay in a cinema, with the close ups/backstage stuff, etc. It would be SO wonderful to be able to buy a simple recording. . Please could you suggest this to Opus Arte, Rose Slavin? Thank you!

  30. Chandra responded on 5 April 2016 at 10:20pm Reply

    Chris Bond, seconded! I still wish I could get my hands on the Cinema broadcast of La Fille with Roberta Marquez.

  31. carole vaughan responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:05am Reply

    Going tonight to see this cant wait

  32. Sergio responded on 6 April 2016 at 7:45pm Reply

    Please release this performance in DVD STRAMLINED DISC or in any possible format. Thanks!

  33. Lesley A responded on 7 April 2016 at 8:41am Reply

    I too loved the performance and would love to see it again on DVD. Also one of Francesca Hayward/James Hay's Rhapsody and Muntgirov's Two Pigeons. Can it be so difficult?I wish, however, that the camera was not so fidgety; there are too many close-ups and we miss so much of what is happening on the rest of the stage and with the other dancers.

    • Nicola responded on 7 April 2016 at 12:36pm

      Two Pigeons with Muntagirov is being released in October, I believe.

    • Mary Darroch responded on 7 April 2016 at 8:38pm

      I agree. Far too many close-ups. We seldom had sight of the other dancers
      When the two leads were on stage.

  34. Charly Feldman responded on 7 April 2016 at 10:38am Reply

    I went last night to see this at my local cinema and it was cancelled due to technical difficulties. They are not streaming the encore at our cinema and I am very disappointed to have missed it. We were told that this problem was worldwide. Is this true? Are there plans to repeat the screening?

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 7 April 2016 at 11:08am

      Dear Charly,

      I'm very sorry that this happened at your cinema. Please will you email details of what happened to and we will investigate the problems they encountered? The issue was definitely not worldwide as that would indicate that over 800 cinemas were impacted which, thankfully, was not the case!

      Best wishes,


  35. Fiona Fyshe responded on 7 April 2016 at 2:26pm Reply

    At the last minute I couldn't make the live relay last night and am soooooo upset to have missed it. Is there any chance of it being shown again ever? V sad to restrict it to the one night if there's no plan for that to go onto DVD...
    Fingers crossed you might have some good news for me...!

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 7 April 2016 at 4:44pm

      Dear Fiona,

      Certain cinemas will be screening an encore on the 17th so you're in luck! Please check our website to see which cinemas are taking part -

      Best wishes,


  36. Norbert Bongardt responded on 21 April 2016 at 9:49pm Reply

    eine wunderbare Übertragung von Giselle aus dem Covent Garden.
    Wann kann man die DVD wo bestellen?

  37. Dries responded on 26 October 2016 at 7:05pm Reply

    I'm eagerly waiting for any news about the mentioned online options for this performance.

    I didn't have the chance to watch this performance. I'd love a bluray or at least some other way to get the opportunity to watch it.

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