Paris Opera Ballet

Giselle

In Cinemas 20, 21, 22 & 25 Mar 2020
Conductor
Koen Kessels
Orchestra
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Cast
Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera (dancers will be announced early 2020)
Music
Adolphe Adam
Choreography
Jean Coralli & Jules Perrot, adapted by Patrice Bart & Eugène Polyakov
Designs
Alexandre Benois
Duration
Approx.2h05 including interval
Captured live from Palais Garnier, Paris 6 Feb 2020
Official Event Listing

Ballet in three acts (1841)

The ultimate romantic ballet, Giselle follows an innocent peasant girl, tricked into love with a duplicitous Count, 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.

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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