The ballet Giselle, premiered at the Paris Opera in 1841, is considered even today as an undisputed masterpiece of classical romantic ballet, regularly presented on ballet stages around the world. It was created by French composer Adolphe Adam (1803–1856) who had authored over 50 opera and 12 ballet pieces and choreographed by ballet master Jean Coralli in collaboration with dancer and one of the most important choreographers of romantic era, Jules Joseph Perrot. Despite of the myriad of later remakes of this ballet’s libretto and choreography, its most preserved and frequently staged version is the one by master of the classical period in ballet art Marius Petipa, originally created for the Imperial Theatre in Saint Petersburg in 1903. With just a right degree of emotion and drama, through exceptional technical complexity as well as timeless and ethereal charm, this ballet underlines its story with the idea of love and death, afterlife and transcendental love. Giselle first saw the light on our theatre's stage back in 1967, whereas our viewers could admire its classical version for the last time in 1995. The new choreography, based on its classical choreographic source material, will be created by Cuban ballet artist Howard Quintero Lopez, who has been serving as our ballet master for several years and who was assistant choreographer in the production of the ballet masterpiece Swan Lake in our theatre in the 2014/2015 season. The performance will be conducted by Maestro Aleksandar Spasić.
Text: Tatjana Ažman