Love, Betrayal and Forgiveness: The Hong Kong Ballet Stages ‘Giselle’
Why We Recommend it
This is a fresh new staging of the classical ballet Giselle, which tells the tragic story of a kind-hearted peasant girl who falls in love with a handsome villager only to have her heart broken.
Hailed as one of the greatest romantic ballets of all time and best remembered for its otherworldly ‘white act’, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot’s Giselle has survived virtually unchanged for 177 years.
It tells the story of Giselle, a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after she learns that Albrecht, the man she loves, has lied to her – not only is he a nobleman and not a simple villager, but he is also engaged to be married. In revenge for Giselle’s loss, the vengeful spirits of brides who died before their wedding day, condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies. However, Giselle’s enduring love and forgiveness protect him until daybreak. When the spell is broken and Giselle and the spirits fade away, Albrecht is left alone and full of sorrow.
Choreographed by Septime Webre, the artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet, and South African ballet artist Charla Genn, this production features an array of international guest artists, ethereal sets and and live accompaniment by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta performing Adolphe Adam’s sweeping score.