Giselle dancers taken backstage at the Mariinsky Theater
photo by Roy Webb
Giselle is a world-famous ballet in two acts with a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Theophile Gautier, music by Adolphe Adam, and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. The librettist took his inspiration from a poem by Heinrich Heine. The ballet tells the story of a lovely peasant girl named Giselle who has a passion for dancing, and when she finds out the man she loves is engaged to someone else she dies of a broken heart.
The Mariinsky Theater was established in 1783 following a decree by Empress Catherine the Great to stage the first Russian comic operas and the best works of foreign com...