5 reasons you need to see Giselle

Posted on 27 September 2017 By Rose

Maina Gielgud says it: “There’s everything in Giselle. Love, heartbreak, madness … and a lot of pure dance.” Maina’s sublime production of this great Romantic ballet is returning for an exclusive Melbourne season in 2018. Here are five reasons not to miss it.


The innocent Giselle and the careless Albrecht move from infatuation and betrayal to a tender, redemptive love guaranteed to melt your heart.

Ty King-Wall and Amber Scott. Photography Jeff Busby


The woodland scenes of Giselle, haunted by graceful, drifting wilis (the dangerous spirits of jilted brides) are some of the most eerily beautiful in ballet.

Dimity Azoury. Photography Jeff Busby


Giselle’s poignant breakdown and death when she learns of Albrecht’s infidelity is a tour-de-force for the ballerina – it's a mad scene worthy of Shakespeare, and will have you on the edge of your seat.

Amber Scott and artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Jeff Busby


Watching Act II of Giselle is like seeing an old lithograph come to life. Take a divine time trip to the grace and delicacy of the Romantic era.

Amber Scott and Ty King-Wall. Photography Jeff Busby


George Balanchine said, “Like Hamlet, Giselle is a classic … people go to see Giselle and to see ballerinas dance it for the same reason we go to see new interpretations of Hamlet … we always discover something in it we hadn’t seen before.” Our artistic director, David McAllister, has said that there will be a new crop of Giselles and Albrechts in 2018. We can't wait to see these fresh interpretations of this classic text - and the deepening interpretations of dancers who have already debuted in these roles.

Ty King-Wall. Photography Jeff Busby