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Ambra Vallo as Giselle; photo: Bill Cooper

Ambra Vallo on Giselle
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In a village deep in the mountains, two young people, Giselle and Loys, are deeply in love. But Loys has not been truthful with his beloved. He is actually Count Albrecht, son of the local lord, and is already betrothed to Bathilde, a lady, and his social equal.

When jealous Hilarion, a rival for Giselle’s hand, proves who Loys really is, and Bathilde arrives to claim her fiancé, the heartbreak is too much to bear. Driven mad by despair, Giselle takes her own life.

After her funeral, a sorrowful Albrecht visits her grave, but it is night and he is in terrible danger. The bitter ghosts of jilted brides rise and condemn him to dance himself to death. Only Giselle’s love, powerful enough to reach from beyond the grave, can save him; she must keep him safe until dawn breaks and he can escape, but dawn is many hours away...

With music by one of the 19th-century’s great ballet composers, Adolphe Adam, Giselle stands alongside Coppélia and Swan Lake as one of the most celebrated classical ballets. David Bintley and Galina Samsova’s stunning production, clad in gorgeous designs by Hayden Griffin, stays true to the classical spirit and steps of the original.


'Truly a memorable evening'

'A harmonious and subtle staging'

Performance length

Approx 2 hours and 0 minutes

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Music Adolphe Adam
Revised by Joseph Horovitz
Choreography Jean Coralli; Jules Perrot; Marius Petipa
Additional choreography by David Bintley
Production David Bintley; Galina Samsova
Designs Hayden Griffin
Lighting Mark Jonathan
Sponsored (1999) by Powergen UK plc

World premiere

Paris Opéra Ballet, 28 June 1841, Paris Opéra

First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet

1 October 1999, Birmingham Hippodrome


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