One event on November 4, 2017 at 8:00pm
One event on November 5, 2017 at 2:30am
Saint Louis Ballet opens its 2017-2018 season with Giselle, a hauntingly beautiful ballet that’s in the repertoire of all the world’s top ballet companies. Re-staged by Saint Louis Ballet’s Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi, it is considered to be the greatest Romantic ballet of all time.
Giselle is a peasant girl who, upon discovering her lover is betrothed to another, dies of a broken heart. But a group of supernatural women, the “Wilis”, summon her from the grave and target her lover for death. Giselle’s great love frees him from their grasp.
Giselle debuted by the Ballet du Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris in 1841. A “must-see” for the ballet lover, Giselle was staged across Europe, Russia, and the United States. The traditional choreography derives from revivals staged by Marius Petipa during the late 19th/early 20th centuries for St. Petersburg’s Imperial Ballet. Adolphe Adam composed the music; Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot created the original choreography.