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Giselle

The Royal Ballet’s Giselle is heading for the Royal Opera House this month...

The most famous ballet of the Romantic era and a signature work in The Royal Ballet’s repertory, Peter Wright’s hallmark production of Giselle is returning to the Royal Opera House from Friday 26th February.

The role of Giselle is one coveted by dancers the world over and is renowned for being both technically and dramatically challenging. Making their debuts as Giselle are First Soloist Akane Takada and Guest Artist Iana Salenko. Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Vadim Muntagirov and First Soloist Ryoichi Hirano make their debuts as Count Albrecht.

Giselle is set in a mediaeval Rhineland village and tells the story of a gentle peasant girl who is driven to her death when deceived by her aristocratic lover Count Albrecht. Filled with remorse, Albrecht visits her moonlit grave where he is condemned to death by the vengeful Wilis, ghosts of young women who died before their wedding day. However, Giselle’s love transcends death and she saves her lover from his fate.

Wilis

In this acclaimed production by Peter Wright, who turns 90 this year, the real and supernatural aspects of the ballet are perfectly conceived: the first act dramatised in rich naturalistic detail and the second with a spectral moonlit beauty.

As well as the live performances, Giselle is set to be relayed on cinema screens around the country on 6th April. There are also going to be Pre-show performances on the 1st 9th and 15th April where Canadian choreographer Joshua Beamish has been invited to reimagine a shortened form of Giselle in his own style.

Find out more and how to book tickets at the Royal Opera House website.

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