More than even dance itself, Giselle loves the mysterious stranger Albrecht who returns her ardour. On the threshold of becoming a woman, she discovers for the first time the passion and yearning of a love that knows neither mistrust, disappointment nor loss. Yet these nascent feelings are destined to be dashed. Giselle is suddenly confronted with the revelation that Albrecht is already betrothed. Giselle is heartbroken. But is this the end for her? Having crossed over into the strange and dreaded world of the mythical »Wilis«, Giselle resists the temptation to seek revenge or demand restitution. Omnia vincit amor. Love conquers all.
Ballet in two acts. Choreography by David Dawson.
Premiere 09 Mar 2008
Choreography, Konzept and Staging: David Dawson
Music: Adolphe Adam
Musical Arrangement: David Coleman
Set Design: Arne Walther
Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima
Lighting Design: Bert Dalhuysen
Dramatic Advisor: Freya Vass-Rhee
Staged by: Tim Couchman
With kind support of the Foundation for Support of the Semperoper