From New Brunswick Performing Arts Center and American Repertory Ballet:
Hailed as one of the most romantic ballets of all time, Giselle is a timeless tale of love, betrayal, and the power of forgiveness.
It tells the story of Giselle, a young peasant girl who falls in love with Albrecht, a nobleman disguised as a villager. When Giselle learns his true identity and that he is engaged to marry royalty, she falls into madness and dies of a broken heart. In death, she is summoned by the ghosts of jilted women, known as Willis. When midnight strikes, they emerge from the shadows of the forest to force men to dance to their death. Giselle’s love and forgiveness embrace Albrecht, and save him from the wrath of the Willis. Dawn breaks and Giselle and the Willis return to their graves. Albrecht is left alone with his grief.
“More than 175 years on, Giselle still remains a testament to the power of dance.”– The Irish Times