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234th Season

Adolphe Adam "Giselle" (fantastic ballet in two acts)

Music by Adolphe Adam
Choreography by Jules Perrot (revisions)
Choreography by Jean Coralli (revisions)
Irina Press, Costume Designer
Igor Ivanov, Set Designer
World premiere: 28 Jun 1841 Bolshoi Theatre, St Petersburg
Premiere of this production: 05 Feb 1884

The performance has 1 intermission
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes

The Performance has one intermission

Giselle (French: Giselle ou les Wilis) is a ballet in two acts with a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Theophile Gautier, music by Adolphe Adam, and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. The librettist took his inspiration from a poem by Heinrich Heine. The ballet tells the story of a lovely peasant girl named Giselle who has a passion for dancing, and when she finds out the man she loves is engaged to someone else she dies of a broken heart.

Libretto: Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Theophile Gautier and Jean Coralli
World premiere: 28 June 1841, Theatre de l’Academie Royal de Musique, Paris
Premiere in St Petersburg: 18 December 1842, Bolshoi Theatre
Premiere Marius Petipa’s version: 5 February 1884, Bolshoi Theatre, St’Petersburg


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