Giselle, a young peasant girl is in love with a handsome Duke Albrecht, but when she discovers that he has deceived her, the heartbroken Giselle is driven to madness and death.
By Giselle’s grave in a mist-wreathed forest glade, vengeful spirits of abandoned brides led by Queen Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, force men to dance to their death. Giselle, cannot bear to see her true love, Albrecht, consigned to such a fate and returns as a ghost to save him.
Giselle is the ultimate Romantic Ballet; a tale of innocence, betrayal and the redemptive power of true love. Vienna Festival Ballet’s traditional staging of this 1841 masterpiece moves from the sunny optimism of Giselle’s idyllic village life to a ghostly, moonlit world of mystery and menace.
This production was choreographed by Nicholas Beriosoff (1906-1996), a Lithuanian ballet master of ethnic Russian descent who emigrated to England. Beriosoff was one of the great Russian ballet masters at the time, and father of the famous ballerina Svetlana Beriosova, who danced with the Royal Ballet for more than 20 years.
Fancy a little something extra?
Dancers from Vienna Festival Ballet are hosting a very special workshop session for young people aged 8 – 16 years, complete with dancing lessons, behind-the-scenes access and Q&A session. For more information, follow the link: Giselle Workshop
12–13 April 2019
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