The Haunting original
Considered to be the classic ballet of the romantic era, Giselle first wowed audiences in Paris in 1841 and continued to weave its kinetic magic over the decades to become a much-performed and internationally beloved work. Don't miss the enchanting tale of love, heartbreak, redemption, and myth as presented by the State Street Ballet this fall!
What is the story?
Marius Petipa's hypnotic choreography and Adolphe Adam's thrilling score tell the tale of Giselle the titular village beauty who lives to dance. Giselle finds herself at the very center of a love triangle between the peasant Lloys and local gamekeeper Hilarion, whose jealous rage spurs him on to watch and follow his love rival. When Hilarion reveals Llyos's true identity as the young nobleman Albrecht, who is betrothed to another, Giselle, who has a weak heart, launches into a wild dance and dies from exertion and grief. Things take a turn for the supernatural when her spirit joins the Wilis, a clan of ghostly, forest-dwelling spirits of maidens betrayed by their lovers.