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Giselle

One of the greatest romantic ballets in the world, Giselle, made a rare appearance in Yorkshire when Northern Ballet performed it at Leeds Grand Theatre in May 2011.

Incorporating all the original choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Giselle is restaged for Northern Ballet by Yoko Ichino, who has danced the lead role many times for some of the world’s greatest companies.

Northern Ballet’s Giselle follows the traditional story of the young, sickly peasant girl Giselle who falls in love with the handsome Prince Albrecht. On finding her love is unrequited, and weakened by her ill health, Giselle dies. She is summoned from her grave by the Wilis, the spirits of women betrayed before their wedding days who return to take vengeance on men by dancing them to death. Giselle saves the remorseful Albrecht from his certain fate proving that love can conquer all – even death.

This is an opportunity for ballet lovers to see Giselle as never before, with Northern Ballet’s stunning dancers performing the traditional classical steps combined with the passion and emotion for which the Company is renowned.

Sets and costumes are supplied courtesy of English National Ballet, and the score, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Running time 2 hours

  • Michela Paolacci as Giselle. Photo: Jason Tozer, artwork: Tom Sharpe