Giselle by The Royal Ballet

Giselle by The Royal Ballet | Danza Ballet 

The Royal Ballet 18 Jan 2014 – 10 Feb 2014

The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, supernatural spirits and love that transcends death. Giselle, a peasant girl, has fallen in love with Count Albrecht, who has led her to believe that he is a villager named Loys. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences.

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. Although the choreography and designs have undergone many changes over the years, the essence of Giselle remains the same. The Royal Ballet’s production uses Marius Petipa’s classic version (after the original choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli), first staged in St Petersburg in 1884.

The role of Giselle provides a dancer with many technical and dramatic challenges, from the character’s early love to her poignant descent into madness and 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 act (known as the White Act) plunges the audience into an eerie moonlit forest haunted by the ethereal Wilis – vengeful spirits of young brides who died before their wedding day. With its combination of memorable story and exquisite choreography, Giselle is the perfect way to discover classical ballet

Giselle – Performers

  • Conductor Boris Gruzin
  • Giselle Natalia Osipova
  • Albrecht Carlos Acosta
  • Orchestra Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • 18 January – 10 February 2014  – Main Stage


  • Choreography Marius Petipa
  • Scenario Théophile Gautier
  • Production Peter Wright
  • Additional choreography Peter Wright
  • Music Adolphe Adam
  • Designs John Macfarlane
  • Original lighting Jennifer Tipton
  • Lighting design David Finn
  • Staging Christopher Carr


  • 2 hours and 10 minutes (including one interval)

When to see it

Giselle by The Royal Ballet | Danza Ballet
Mara Galeazzi in Giselle © ROH / Bill Cooper


Giselle by The Royal Ballet | Danza Ballet
Rupert Pennefather as Albrecht in Giselle © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011


Giselle by The Royal Ballet | Danza Ballet
Roberta Marquez and Thiago Soares in Giselle. © Johan Persson


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