Royal Ballet Live: Giselle (TBC)

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Release date

27th January 2014

Running Time

150 minutes

Director

Boris Gruzin

Genre

Event Cinema

Sir Peter Wright's superlative production of the quintessential romantic ballet. Giselle is a lonely peasant girl with a love of dancing. She falls for Count Albrecht, who has led her to believe that he is a villager named Loys. But Giselle's discovery of this deception and its implications has tragic consequences. From the moment it was first staged in Paris in 1841, 'Giselle' transformed the world of dance. It quickly became established as one of the most popular romantic ballets of all time, being an intoxicating blend of human passions, supernatural forces, and the transcendent power of self-sacrificing love. Peter Wright's much loved production draws on Marius Petipa's classic version, which was first staged in St Petersburg in 1884. It is particularly admired for the breathtaking beauty of its ethereal White Act, during which vengeful spirits of young brides who died before their wedding day float through the mist of a moonlit forest.

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Faithful to the 1841 original, yet still fresh and original, this production captures perfectly the great ballet's atmosphere.

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