Giselle


Ballet. Giselle is a young girl in the countryside who falls in love with the stranger Albrecht, a nobleman. He turns out however, to have a fiancée among his own kind.

‘This new Giselle will last the Dutch National Ballet for many years to come’ De Telegraaf
‘Giselle is a ballet of immortal beauty, combining a spellbinding story with magical ballet technique’ Het Financieele Dagblad
Giselle, Het Nationale Ballet, Holland.
Giselle, Het Nationale Ballet, Holland.

Giselle is a young girl in the countryside who falls in love with the stranger Albrecht, a nobleman. He turns out however, to have a fiancée among his own kind. His betrayal leads to Giselle’s death. But when the forest’s nocturnal spirits, the wilis, attempt to avenge the betrayal of their sister, Giselle intervenes…

The Hamlet of Dance – is what this 19th century ballet is known as, one of the world’s most danced ballets. The ballet’s theme includes strong feelings, love, betrayal, revenge, not being able to choose or to make the wrong choice; timeless themes, that even in our time affect our happiness. This new production by the Dutch National Ballet, after the Petipa/Coralli/Perrot version from 1841, is set at the end of the 18th century, i.e. at the beginning of the romantic era. Rachel Beaujean, head of artistic staff at the Dutch National Ballet, together with the former international star soloist Ricardo Bustamante, has revised this romantic classic and tried to highlight its timeless character and show how Giselle speaks to us even today. The set design and costumes by Toer van Schayk are inspired by the historic originals, with Romanticism’s tulle skirts, enchanting nature and pointe shoes.

This guest performance by one of Europe’s principal ballet companies will give us everything we could wish for from classical, romantic ballet: mystery, beauty and poetic fantasy, far from everyday trivialities, all with the techniques of classical ballet at its heart.

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Playing: Giselle - Act 1: Galop General

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Information

Ballet by MARIUS PETIPA after JEAN CORALLI and JULES PERROT. Music by ADOLPHE ADAM Guest performance by Het Nationale Ballet, Holland

  • Genre: Guest performance Dance
  • Season: 2011/2012
  • premiere: 31 May 2012
  • Last show: 3 Jun 2012
  • Location:

    Main Stage.

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Team

Choreography
Marius Petipa efter Jean Coralli och Jules Perrot, reviderad och med supplerande koreografi av Rachel Beaujean och Ricardo Bustamante
Set and costume design   Toer Van Schayk
Light design   James F. Ingalls
Het Nationale Ballet, Holland
The Göteborg Orchestra
Conductor   Benjamin Pope
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