presented by Saint Louis Ballet
- Nov 3 - 5 , 2017
- $59, $53, $43, $34
Seniors (55+): No discount Zone 1, $48, $36, $24 | Student/Youth: No discount Zone 1, $48, $36, $24
Special group pricing available for groups of 15 or more. Please contact the ticket office directly at 314-516-4949 for more information.
UMSL Student and Employee discounts available for this performance. Please visit the Touhill Ticket Office with UMSL ID after the on sale date for more information and to purchase discounted tickets.
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Saint Louis Ballet opens its 2017-2018 season with Giselle, a hauntingly beautiful ballet that’s in the repertoire of all the world’s top ballet companies. Re-staged by Saint Louis Ballet’s Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi, it is considered to be the greatest Romantic ballet of all time.
Giselle is a peasant girl who, upon discovering her lover is betrothed to another, dies of a broken heart. But a group of supernatural women, the “Wilis”, summon her from the grave and target her lover for death. Giselle’s great love frees him from their grasp.
Giselle debuted by the Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique in Paris in 1841, with Italian ballerina Carlotta Grisi as Giselle. A “must-see” for the ballet lover, Giselle was staged across Europe, Russia, and the United States. The traditional choreography derives from revivals staged by Marius Petipa during the late 19th/early 20th centuries for St. Petersburg’s Imperial Ballet.
Librettists Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier were inspired by a prose passage about the Wilis in De l'Allemagne, by Heinrich Heine, and from the poem "Fantômes" in Les Orientales by Victor Hugo. Adolphe Adam composed the music; Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot created the original choreography.