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Watch: Behind the scenes on Giselle

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

27 January 2014 at 9.45pm | 8 Comments

The Royal Ballet's Giselle was screened live across the world on 27 January as part of our Live Cinema Season 2013/14. During the relay a series of backstage films were shown, featuring rehearsal footage and interviews with the cast and creative team. In case you missed them last night, or just want to find out more about Giselle, here they are again:

Corps de ballet rehearsals for Giselle

Follow the corps de ballet as they rehearse for Giselle with Ballet Mistress Samantha Raine. The corps play the Wilis - girls who've died of a broken heart. First Artist Nathalie Harrison and Annette Buvoli, the Company's youngest dancer at 18, explain the complexities and challenges of the scenes involving the corps.

The Romance of Giselle

Producer Peter Wright rehearses with Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta and discusses the story, the characters and legacy of the ballet.

Giselle runs from 26 February-15 April 2016. Tickets are still available.

The production will be relayed live to cinemas on 6 April 2016.

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This article has 8 comments

  1. Sue key responded on 28 January 2014 at 9:58am Reply

    My first live feed to a cinema and Giselle was magical. I saw Natalia Ospirova in Don Quixote in Moscow, 2009, and she was breathtaking. She dances in a different league. Can't wait for the next one!

  2. Pavlina Christova responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:24am Reply

    Everything was close to perfection! Only one problem with these screenings: I live in Brussels and for me it is not very convenient to travel 60 km during the week to see a ballet performance. The audience will be much bigger if the next opera/ballet can be seen live in a Brussels cinema.

  3. Og Bashan responded on 28 January 2014 at 3:15pm Reply

    Last night three local cinemas showed Giselle live from the Royal Opera House, London. Two were sold out weeks ago. The screen we went to was the multiplex's largest and was three-quarters full.

    The principals were Carlos Acosta and the Royal Ballet's new Prima Ballerina Natalia Osipova.

    Osipova is a magnificent dancer and dramatic actress. Her switch from a Juliet style ingenue to a ghost in Act 2 was believable.

    The Corps De Ballet seemed to have been inspired by the principals. The Wilis in Act 2 were beautiful but deadly dangerous. I couldn't quite believe that it could be feasible to kill Carlos Acosta by forcing him to dance all of one night. That seemed like trying to drown a fish in water.

    But he made the unlikely seem just about possible.

    If you get the opportunity to see the Royal Ballet at a local movie house, don't miss them. The transmitted productions are almost better than being there because you get a view that even the most expensive seats at the Royal Opera House don't get - and interviews with the stars, the director and the choreographer.

    The next ballet is The Sleeping Beauty on Wednesday 19th March. If it is near you, try to see it.

  4. L. Witkin responded on 30 January 2014 at 12:24am Reply

    The next live performance "is not" Sleeping Beauty in March, it is Swan Lake, on February 20th, a Thursday. Anthony Dowell who danced the lead role with Natalia Makarova in the 70's is directing.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 January 2014 at 10:06am


      The Sleeping Beauty is our next live relay (although certain cinemas may offer encore screenings). The screening of Swan Lake that you're referring to is an encore screening offering another chance to see last Season's performance.


      ROH Content Producer

  5. Hi Chris! That is interesting information - Is there anywhere on the site that we can find when and where these encore screenings take place? Was this performance of Swan Lake the Carlos Acosta & Natalia Osipova one which I saw in the ROH in October 2012? I would dearly love to see that again!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 January 2014 at 1:21pm

      Hi John,

      Details of non-live screenings can be found at

      The Swan Lake screening will feature Zenaida Yanowsky and Nehemiah Kish.


      ROH Content Producer

  6. Ruth responded on 30 January 2014 at 5:05pm Reply

    Why are you not showing the Life screenings in more cities in Belgium? Lots of people from Antwerp, Bruges/Ghent and Brussels would LOVE to watch!!! Now there are only very few locations and someone living in Ghent or Antwerp is not going to drive in hellish evening traffic to Doornik! Please please make at least one screening cinema available in Bruges or Ghent! Ruth/Ghent/Belgium

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