What’s your dream ballet?
At 16 years old, aspiring ballerina Paige was well on her way to becoming a professional dancer. I asked her, “what’s your dream ballet?” Her answer came back straight away:
First performed in Paris, 1841, Giselle is a classic, romantic ballet—along with suitably gothic ghosts.
Act I. Imagine a mediaeval village swathed in autumn golds and oranges. Giselle is a peasant girl who’s madly in love. But, by the end of the day, she’s heartbroken to find out her fiancé isn’t who he says he is. Worse, he’s a nobleman and engaged to another lady to boot. #worstdayever doesn’t cover it. She dies of a broken heart.
Act II is the domain of ethereal, ghostly spirits called the wilis. Giselle has joined them. ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’. With their long tulle skirts shining in the moonlight, the wilis capture the fiancé in the forest and go about making him dance to death. Giselle comes to his rescue, forgiving him, and he gets to go free. Giselle can now rest in peace.