St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

Giselle

ballet by Coralli, Perrot, Petipa set to music by Adolphe Adam

Performance by the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre

Performers

Soloists of the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre

St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra

Credits

Music by Adolphe Adam
Libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier and Jean Coralli
Choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa
Revival directed by Irina Kolpakova
Sets and costumes by Vyacheslav Okunev

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Giselle is rightly referred to as the epitome of Romanticism in ballet. Its plot is based on the legend of the Wilis — the souls of girls who have died before their weddings could take place. At night, they abandon their graves and force any travellers who have lost their way to dance themselves to death. This legend was recorded by the German poet Heinrich Heine, and the Frenchmen Théophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges transformed it into a ballet libretto. The music was composed by Adolphe Adam and the choreography created by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. In the 1880s the ballet was revised for the St Petersburg stage by Marius Petipa. It is in this form that the ballet survives today, enchanting audiences across the globe with the idealised skill through which the tragic story of Giselle is transformed into a choreographic poem about the power of a love that conquers death.


Running time 2 hours 10 minutes
The performance has one interval

Artistic Director – Honoured Artist of Russia, Andrian Fadeyev

Age category 6+

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