Conductor: Simon Robinson
Music by Adolphe Adam
Ballet in two acts by Jules-Henry Vernoy de Saint-Georges da Théophile Gautier
Choreography Rafael Avnikjan
from Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa
Set designer Juan Guillermo Nova
A Slovene National Theatre Maribor Ballet
Orchestra by Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste
Yui Sugawara - 27, 28, 30 (ore 15)
Catarina de Meneses - 29, 30 (ore 20.30), 31
Constantine Allen - 7, 28, 30 (ore 15)
Anton Bogov - 29, 30 (ore 20.30)
Ionut Dinita - 31
Sytze Jan Luske - 27, 28
Sergiu Moga - 29, 30 (ore 20.30)
Matjaž Marin - 30 (ore 15)
Alexandru Pilca - 31
Dancers and Soloists by Slovene National Theatre Maribor Ballet
RUNNING TIME: ABOUT 2 HOURS
Act 1: ab. 55'
Break: ab. 20'
Act 2: ab. 50'
Count Albercht has fallen in love with Giselle, a peasant girl; since he doesn’t want to reveal his noble origins, he disguises as a simple countryman. The gamekeeper Hilarion is in love with Giselle, too; he tries to explain to her that Albercht is not what he seems to be like, but the girl refuses to listen to him, as she doesn’t listen to her mother, worried about her weak heart.
Left alone, Hilarion decides to go into the cottage to steals Albrecht’s sword and coat of arms.
The sound of the horn announces that a hunting party is approaching, led by Bathilde, Albercht’s betrothed, and her father, the Duke of Courtland. They stop at the village for a rest. Giselle dances for the noblemen and Bathilde, stroke by her beauty and simplicity, gives her a necklace.
The Duke decides to continue the hunt and when the hunters leave, the villagers start a party.
Hilarion interrupts the dancing and reveals Albrecht’s identity showing everyone the sword. Giselle can’t believe her eyes. Hilarion sounds the horn, the hunting party returns and the duchess appears: the confused Count can’t do nothing but greet Bathilda as his betrothed. Terrified with pain, Giselle loses her mind and, seizing the sword, she kills herself piercing straight through her heart.
Hilarion reaches Giselle’s grave, which lies deep in the forest. It is midnight, the time when the Wilis materialize. They are ghosts of young jilted girls who have died before their wedding day; to avenge themselves, they dance to death any man who crosses their path between midnight and dawn. Myrtha, the queen of the Wilis, draws Giselle from her grave to initiates her into the rites. Hilarion arrives, pursued by the Wilis, and is forced into an endless dance. Exhausted, he is driven into the lake, where he drowns.
Even Albercht can’t forget Giselle’s death.
In the middle of the night, he reaches her grave. The Wilis immediately surrounds him. Albrecht seems to be menaced by the same fate of the gamekeeper. However, Giselle’s ghost and pure love protect the young man and saves him from the Wilis’ fury.
By daylight, the Wilis disappear. Giselle fades away, too, but she will live forever in Albrecht’s memory as endless regret for a lost love and as confirmation that love is stronger than death.