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Giselle


Giselle

Giselle is one of the most famous and amazing masterpiece of ballet. It was written by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier, and based on the work De l'Allemagne (1835) written by Heinrich Heine. Its music was composed by Adolphe Adam, and the choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. Giselle was first performed in Paris in 1841.

Giselle was first presented in Paris on June 28, 1841 by the Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique at the Salle Le Peletier. Due to its great script and music, with time, Giselle became one of the favorites among the public. This masterpiece tells the story of Giselle, a beautiful peasant girl, who dies at a young age and whose ghost protects her lover from Willis, a group of evil female spirits that want to harm his beloved.

Giselle is divided into two acts; the first act takes place in the city of Thuringia, there Giselle, young and beautiful, falls in love with Albrecht, a nobleman dressed as a villager. Hilarion, the gamekeeper of the place is also in love with Giselle, but Giselle does not reciprocate his feelings and decides to confess to Hilarion her love for Albrecht.

Hilarion furious, vows to take revenge.

Despite her failing health, Giselle dances during the celebrations of the village, but Hilarion, thirsty for vengeance, discovers that Albrecht is not a villager and that he is already betrothed to Bathilde, daughter of the Duke. Giselle hears about this and dies of a broken heart.

In the second act Giselle is comprises of the Willis. Hilarion visit Giselle's tomb but he is forced by the Willis to dance until death. Shortly after Albrecht visits Giselle's tomb, Myrtha, Queen of the Willis, orders to Giselle to attract him in a dance that will end his life, but Giselle protests and tries to save to Albretcht because she is still in love with him.