A scene from the 2nd Act of "Giselle", the most famous Romantic-era ballet to survive to this day. "Giselle" was created in Paris in 1841, with a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier, music by Adolphe Adam, and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. It remains the quintessential "ballet blanc" or "white ballet", and is danced by all major companies worldwide. Any self-respecting classical ballerina has to perform the title-role (together with "Swan Lake", "La Bayadère" and "The Sleeping Beauty"), combining exceptional technical demands as well as strong emotional investment.
"Giselle" tells the story of a young girl who died of a broken heart following the betrayal of her lover, only to return as a ghost to forgive him. The 2nd Act is set in a typical moonlit forest, where the spectral "wilis", young girls who have died before their wedding days appear, luring every man into their mortal dance.
This photo was made at the Teatro dell' Opera in Rome and features the corps de ballet of that theatre.
In this production the traditional choreography from Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot was staged by Patrice Bart. Sets and costumes were designed by Anna Anni. Lighting by Mario de Amicis.
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