Giselle - Ballet - Season 21/22 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

  • Ballet

    Giselle

    Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot

    Palais Garnier - from 25 June to 16 July 2022

    Emma Birski / OnP

  • Svetlana Loboff / OnP

    [EXTRAIT] GISELLE by Jean Coralli & Jules Perrot (Dorothée Gilbert & Mathieu Ganio) [EXTRAIT] GISELLE by Jean Coralli & Jules Perrot (Dorothée Gilbert & Mathieu Ganio)

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Giselle

Palais Garnier - from 25 June to 16 July 2022

Giselle

Ballet Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot

Palais Garnier - from 25 June to 16 July 2022

2h00 with 1 interval

  • Opening night : 25 June 2022

About

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The ultimate romantic ballet, Giselle marked the apogee of a new aesthetic that saw diaphanous tutus, white gauze, tulle and tarlatan take over the stage. The Willis bring the illusion of immateriality to this ghostly transfiguration of a tragedy. Premiered at the Royal Academy of Music on June 28, 1841, the ballet travelled to Russia, then temporarily disappeared from the repertoire before returning to France in 1910. Today’s version by Patrice Bart and Eugene Polyakov – which closely follows Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot’s original choreography – continues to reaffirm the ballet’s initial success. Bright, earthbound scenes opposed to spectral, nocturnal visions: dance becomes the language of the soul while the ethereal ballerina seems to defy gravity.

CHARACTERS

Giselle: A young peasant girl. She falls in love with Loys, who turns out to be Duke Albrecht. Consumed by madness, she dies of a broken heart at the end of Act I.
Albrecht: Duke of Silesia. Already betrothed to Princess Bathilde, he seduces Giselle during the harvest season.
Myrtha: Queen of the Wilis, spirits of young maidens who have died before their wedding day. At night, they lure men into a deadly dance.
Hilarion: The village gamekeeper who is in love with Giselle. He reveals Albrecht’s true identity then dies, punished by the Wilis.
  • Opening
  • First part 50 mn
  • Intermission 20 mn
  • Second part 50 mn
  • End

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