Brigitte Lefèvre, Director of Dance
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Adapted by Patrice Bart and Eugène Polyakov
Music by Adolphe Adam
"Clearly one of the best ballet troupes on the planet… its subtle superiorities sublime."
"Ferociously difficult physical discipline and otherworldly expressiveness. Gorgeous!"
Making a rare international appearance--on their first American tour in more than a decade--Paris Opera Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 1993 with six performances of the beloved ballet Giselle, one of the great creations in the history of the Paris Opera Ballet. First performed in 1841, Giselle remains the quintessential romantic ballet, not only virtuoso, but also mysterious, gentle, and melancholy. Carlotta Grisi, who both inspired and created the role, was the first to bring her supernatural touch of lightness to the myth, carried away by Adolphe Adam's score. Choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, this same company, nearly two centuries later, performs it unlike any other.
Considered to be one of the world's finest ensembles, the ballet is run by the grande dame of French dance, Brigitte Lefèvre, who is herself a product of the Paris Opera Ballet School and a former member of the corps. The company's origins can be traced back to 1661 with the foundation of the Académie Royale de Danse and the Ballet de l'Opéra (1713) by King Louis XIV of France. Its repertoire is extensive, ranging from the major romantic and classical ballets to creations by contemporary choreographers.
PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change)
Thu., July 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Aurélie Dupont (Giselle), Mathieu Ganio (Albrecht), Marie-Agnès Gillot (Myrtha), Vincent Chaillet (Hilarion), Charline Giezendanner, Fabien Revillon (Pas de deux des paysans)
Fri., July 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Dorothée Gilbert (Giselle), Josua Hoffalt (Albrecht), Aurelia Bellet (Myrtha), Yann Saïz (Hilarion), Amandine Albisson, Daniel Stokes (Pas de deux des paysans)
Fri., July 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Aurélie Dupont (Giselle), Mathieu Ganio (Albrecht), Marie-Agnès Gillot (Myrtha), Christophe Duquenne (Hilarion), Héloïse Bourdon, Axel Ibot (Pas de deux des paysans)
Sat., July 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Clairemarie Osta (Giselle), Nicolas Le Riche (Albrecht), Nolwenn Daniel (Myrtha), Vincent Chaillet (Hilarion), Amandine Albisson, Daniel Stokes (Pas de deux des paysans)
Sat., July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Isabelle Ciaravola (Giselle), Karl Paquette (Albrecht), Émilie Cozette (Myrtha), Audric Bezard (Hilarion), Charline Giezendanner, Fabien Revillon (Pas de deux des paysans)
Sun., July 8 at 1:30 p.m.
Dorothée Gilbert (Giselle), Stéphane Bullion (Albrecht), Marie-Agnès Gillot (Myrtha), Vincent Chaillet (Hilarion), Héloïse Bourdon, Axel Ibot (Pas de deux des paysans)
Performance Timing: Act One - 45 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 50 min.
- ‘Giselle’ ends Paris Opera Ballet’s 19-year absence from the Kennedy Center The Washington Post Washington DC (6/28/12)
- Paris Opera Ballet at the Kennedy Center Washington City Paper Washington D.C. (7/5/12)
- Paris Opera Ballet’s ‘Giselle’ soars at Kennedy Center The Washington Post Washington D.C. (7/6/12)
- Official website of the Paris Opera Ballet
- About Brigitte Lefevre Company Director
- About the Paris Opera Ballet School
- About Ballet at the Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center Ballet Season is sponsored by Altria Group.
Additional support for the Kennedy Center Ballet Season is provided by Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian.
International programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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