A signature work of The Royal Ballet repertory, Peter Wright’s haunting production of Giselle returns to the Royal Opera House for 15 performances from Friday 19 January to Friday 9 March, 2018.
Based on Marius Petipa’s 1884 work, after the original choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Giselle offers one of the most challenging roles for any ballerina.
Royal Ballet Principals Federico Bonelli, Ryoichi Hirano, Nehemiah Kish, Vadim Muntagirov and Steven McRae dance the role of Albrecht. Guest Artist David Hallberg from American Ballet Theatre also makes his Royal Ballet debut during this run, partnering Natalia Osipova.
This quintessential romantic ballet tells the story of Giselle, cruelly betrayed in love by her aristocratic suitor. Heartbroken, Giselle kills herself and her soul enters the ranks of the Wilis – shades of young women who died before their wedding day. In the midst of a moonlit forest, Albrecht appears and falls into their deadly trap. Giselle’s spirit intercedes and her sacrifice saves Albrecht’s life, liberating her own soul in the process.
Peter Wright’s production received its premiere in 1986, features set designs by John MacFarlane and original lighting by Jennifer Tipton.
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