Love that transcends even death provides the heart of this most famous and poignant of Romantic ballets. First performed in Paris in 1841, Giselle tells of a gentle peasant girl who is driven to kill herself when she discovers that her lover ‘Loys’ – in reality Count Albrecht – has deceived her. Joining the ghostly ranks of betrayed women who rise from the dead to prey on the men who have destroyed them, Giselle cannot seek vengeance. Instead, she protects her remorseful lover when he visits her moonlit grave, defending him until dawn from the deathly touch of her phantom sisters.
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