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Royal Opera House: Giselle

Sun 25 Oct 2020

135mins

Enjoy the magic of the greatest of all Romantic ballets.

£15 / £13 (Friends and Concessions)

Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death starring Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov and filmed at The Royal Ballet in 2016.

Giselle transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the centre of the classical repertory. Its essence has remained the same through many different productions for well over a century of continuous performance.

The role of Giselle provides the dancer with many technical and dramatic challenges, from the character’s early love to her poignant descent into madness and her final gesture of forgiveness from beyond the grave. The first act of the ballet is filled with historical detail and rustic colour. By contrast, the second, ‘white’ act plunges the audience into an eerie moonlit forest haunted by the ethereal Wilis. With its combination of memorable story and exquisite choreography, Giselle is the perfect way to discover classical ballet.