The most celebrated romantic endeavor in the history of Ballet; Giselle continues to challenge generations of iconic ballet dancers with both its interpretive complexity and wealth of technical nuances. The Bolshoi Ballet had offered the audience of the Royal Opera House a memorable show lead by two of their most acclaimed stars: Natalia Osipova and Ruslan Skvortsov.
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Giselle is a ballet in two acts with a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier, music by Adolphe Adam, and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. The librettist took his inspiration from a poem by Heinrich Heine. The ballet tells the story of a peasant girl named Giselle whose ghost, after her premature death, protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil female spirits called Wilis. Giselle was first presented by the Ballet du Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris, France, on 28 June 1841. The choreography in modern productions generally derives from the revivals of Marius Petipa for the Imperial Russian Ballet (1884, 1899, 1903). This production for the Bolshoi Ballet is by Yuri Grigorovitch with designs by Simon Virsaladze.