Experience love, envy, betrayal, and tragic redemption in the quintessential romantic ballet, Giselle.
First performed in Paris, France in 1841, this Romantic-era masterpiece is set in an ethereal realm where vengeful spirits dance in the darkness, and love triangles can be deadly.
Young Giselle is a peasant girl in love with Duke Albrecht, who courts her in disguise as a peasant boy. Gamekeeper Hilarion is in love with Giselle and filled with jealousy. When he finds out the Duke is engaged to another, he reveals the deception to Giselle. Devastated, she dies of a broken heart.
Deep in the moonlit forest, Giselle emerges in the twilight world of the Wilis who rise from dusk ‘til dawn seeking vengeance among men. Giselle is faced with an impossible decision: will she follow the dark path of revenge or save her true love from certain death?
Performed over two acts, Giselle features a mystical and otherworldly ‘White Act’ – a classic component of the Romantic ballet era.
With exquisite choreography, luminous costumes, and an enchanting score, Giselle has held audiences spellbound since its Parisian premiere more than 150 years ago.
Post Performance Q&A
- Sat 15 Apr, 1:30 PM
30 Minute Q&A after the performance featuring cast and creatives.
- Produced and Staged Ai-Gul Gaisina
- Choreographers Marius Petipa, after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
- Music Adolphe Adam
- Music Arranged Nigel Gaynor
- Costumes and Sets based on the original design Peter Cazalet
- Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
- Conductor Nigel Gaynor
- Music performed by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra
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