Giselle, the quintessential Romantic Era ballet, embodies fantasy, etherealism, and supernaturalism. This two-act ballet tells the tragic story of Giselle, a peasant girl, who falls for the charms of the deceitful Count Albrecht. When the truth is unveiled, Giselle dies of heartbreak. Deep in the forest, she rises from her grave and dances with the beautiful and irresistible Wilis. As the spirits of maidens who were wronged by their lovers, they take revenge in the night by compelling men to dance until they perish. In the end, Giselle not only saves Albrecht from the Wilis, she saves herself from becoming one of them.
Julie Kent on Giselle:
“Now that Victor and I are celebrating our fifth year with The Washington Ballet, it’s exciting to revisit and refine Giselle as our dancers have evolved and grown over the last few years. Giselle, the classic, Romantic Era ballet, is an unfailing example of beautiful artistry and the pureness of classical ballet technique. It is one of the few ballets that remains pure and true to how it was originally choreographed and staged in 1842.”
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