The Royal Ballet: Giselle

Rated NR 135 min. 2011

Giselle is the quintessential Romantic classic, a love affair that begins in the real world and continues beyond the grave. The ballet's title role also offers one of the great challenges of the ballet repertory, as Giselle transforms from an innocent peasant girl, duped into love, to a forgiving spirit who saves her lover from death. For the ballerina this is a role of two contrasting halves: in Act I she must appear naïve and artless, her dancing alive with an earthy enthusiasm; in Act II she transforms into light and air, her dancing so ethereal as to seem weightless. In Peter Wright's production, the dual aspect of the ballet is perfectly achieved: the first act dramatized in rich, naturalistic detail and the second with a spectral, moonlit beauty.

Film Credits

Director: Marius Petipa, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Writer: Théophile Gautier and Heinrich Heine

Cast: Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov

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