Created during the great Romantic era of ballet, "Giselle" premiered at Paris Opéra Ballet on June 28, 1841. "Giselle" is the story is of a young peasant girl who is overcome with grief and madness by her lover’s deception. Upon her death, she is transported into the ghostly world of the Wilis, the spirits of betrayed young women.
The title role has always been a touchstone and a proving ground for the world’s greatest prima ballerinas, not simply for the enormous technical demands the choreography poses, but for the intensity and depth of emotional commitment that it requires. The work also affords the Corps de Ballet the opportunity to shine, with the ghostly diagonal procession of the Willis remaining one of the most haunting moodily evocative images in all of ballet.
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