Giselle ballet, one of the masterpieces of dance will be on stage at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Giselle ballet

Copyright : Theatre des Champs Elysées

A version by Marius Petipa

Here is a ballet that is immediately recognizable among a thousand others : from Giselle’s blue-edged apron to the aerial tutus of Willis, Giselle ballet is a legend that you must have seen even once in its version of ‘origin ! A few seasons ago, the Parisian public discovered the dancers of the Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine at the Théâtre des Champs- Elysées and reserved a triumph for them. The troupe returns to Paris especially for the end-of-year celebrations with Giselle, a ballet in two acts, in the version by Marius Petipa. Considered one of the masterpieces of the romantic repertoire, Giselle marks the apogee of a new aesthetic. Initially choreographed in 1841 by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, to a score by Adolphe Adam and a libretto by Théophile Gautier, this ballet was inspired by a Germanic legend narrated by Heinrich Heine in De l’Amérique. Marius Petipa puts it back on stage sixteen years later, revisiting the beginning of the white act, a real gem plunging the viewer into the magical and immaterial universe of the Willis.

THE classical ballet par excellence

All the themes of romanticism are tackled there : historical scene with bucolic colors, tragic amorous pastoral, appearance of a spectral world then redemption through love. It is this classic version of Marius Petipa that the Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine presents on the occasion of these end-of-year celebrations. Between charming scenes with a rural atmosphere and phantasmagorical imagination, vaporous tutus, white gauze and tulle, classical vocabulary on pointe and ballerinas in weightlessness, Giselle is THE classical ballet par excellence. To (re)discover with the family !

Champs Elysees Theater,

15 Avenue Montaigne,

75016 Paris

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