Vintage Giselle

Posted on 13 October 2021 By Rose Mulready

With its compelling arc from first love through tragedy to a life-and-death battle in ghost-haunted woods, the Romantic-era ballet Giselle has lasted the centuries, and remains an indispensable part of the repertoire for ballet companies all around the world. Since 1986, the production staged by our former artistic director Maina Gielgud has been interpreted by generations of our stars. We've gathered together some of the most beautiful moments from the past to celebrate our love affair with Gielgud's Giselle

Thank you to our Living Heritage Partner CHANEL, who is helping us to preserve our precious archival images. 

Until 26 October, you can stream our 1990 production of Giselle, starring Christine Walsh, Kelvin Coe and Joanne Michel, for free. WATCH

Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Branco Gaica

Christine Walsh. Photography Branco Gaica

Lisa Pavane and Greg Horsman rehearsing Giselle with the great Russian star Galina Ulanova. Photography The Age

Fiona Tonkin. Photography Earl Carter

Christine Walsh. Photography Branco Gaica

Joanne Michel. Photography ABC TV

Kelvin Coe and Christine Walsh rehearsing Giselle with Ballet Master Colin Peasley. Photography Jim McFarlane

Christine Walsh backstage at the Kirov Theatre during a performance of Giselle

Christine Walsh and David Ashmole. Photography Branco Gaica

Greg Horsman and Vicki Attard. Photography Earl Carter