The Australian Ballet

5 Reasons you need to see Giselle

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

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The Love Story

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

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The Ghosts

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.

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The Mad Scene

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.

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Romantic Beauty

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.

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Layers of interpretation

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.” We can't wait to see the fresh interpretations of our dancers in these roles.

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