The story of Giselle takes place in a village near the Rhine River during the middle ages. The Duke of Silesia, a few days before his marriage to the princess, falls in love with the beautiful Giselle who lives in a nearby cottage. Disguising himself as a peasant named Loys, he introduces himself to Giselle who falls immediately in love with him.
Hilarion, who also loves Giselle, exposes the Duke by showing her the royal sword and horn at a hunting party. Upon hearing about the deceit, Giselle falls to the ground and dies.
Her spirit joins The Wilis, a group of female spirits who died in abandonment by their husbands and who haunt and kill men at night by dancing them to death. When the Duke enters the domain of The Wilis, Giselle saves him and returns to her grave for everlasting peace.
“It is no secret that Giselle is my favorite ballet,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director. “Giselle is one of the most romantic ballets of all time. For me, it is the epitome of a classical ballet, demonstrating love, betrayal, death and forgiveness.”
Giselle is choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot with music by Adolphe Adam performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. The production will be at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.
Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, October 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.