Paris Opera Ballet


In Cinemas Screenings suspended
Koen Kessels
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Dorothée Gilbert (Giselle), Mathieu Ganio (Albrecht), Valentine Colasante (Myrtha), Sarah Kora Dayanova (Bathilde), Audric Bezard (Hilarion), Yann Chaillox (The Duke of Courland), Marine Ganio (Pas de deux - peasant), Francesco Mura (Pas de deux - farmer), Marine Ganio, Elonore Guérineau (Willis)
Adolphe Adam
Jean Coralli & Jules Perrot, adapted by Patrice Bart & Eugène Polyakov
Alexandre Benois
2h07 including interval
Captured live from Palais Garnier, Paris 4 Feb 2020
Official Event Listing

Ballet in three acts (1841)

The ultimate romantic ballet, Giselle follows the titular innocent peasant girl (stunning étoile Dorothée Gilbert), tricked into love with a duplicitous Count (Mathieu Ganio), who transforms into a forgiving spirit who saves her lover from death at the hands of the vengeful Willis. The ballet 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.

First performed at the Académie royale de Musique in 1841, the ballet travelled to Russia, then temporarily disappeared until 1910.

Today’s version – which closely follows Coralli and Perrot’s original choreography – continues to reaffirm the ballet’s early success. Bright, earthly scenes and spectral, nocturnal visions: dance becomes the language of the soul and the ballerina’s ethereal presence seems to defy gravity.


Due to the temporary closure of cinemas, in line with The Australian Government's mandate on Sunday 22nd of March, screenings of this production have been suspended.

Advance ticketholders who purchased online will be contacted directly by the venue to arrange a refund. If you purchased in-person at the box office, you may need to contact the venue directly. 

We hope to be able to reschedule sessions of this production for later in 2020. Please register for the Palace Opera & Ballet newsletter for updates.

(updated 11am Mon 23 March)

Paris Opera Ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet, rich in historical tradition, stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s greatest choreographers: George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, and of course Pina Bausch.

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