First performed in 1841, Giselle is among the top three ballets of all time, while the American Ballet Theatre is one of the world’s greatest ballet companies. This winning combination for classical ballet makes it beyond compare as confirmed by the fact that the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) regularly performs Giselle at New York’s prestigious Metropolitan Theatre. The New York Times describes the ABT performance of Giselle as one that “glows with dramatic life and finely nuanced acting that illuminates ABT’s virtuoso dancing.” With staging by ABT’s acclaimed artistic director and former principal dancer, Kevin McKenzie, sets by the famous Italian production designer, Oscar-winning, Gianni Quaranta, and costumes by the distinguished Italian designer, Anna Anni, this luminous production represents the epitome of world class entertainment.
Giselle, a young village girl of great beauty, falls in love with a dashing nobleman, Count Albrecht, who has disguised himself as a peasant in order to woo her. Unaware that Albrecht is already engaged to a princess, the lovely, innocent Giselle joyfully agrees to marry him. When the truth comes to light, it is the beginning of a heartbreaking tragedy in which love is eventually transcendent. The American Ballet Theatre brings the mystery and ethereal beauty of Giselle vividly to life in this universally acclaimed production.