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Giselle

Composer: Adolph Adam
Set designer: Hugh Stevenson
Costume designer: Hugh Stevenson
Rambert premiere: 11 Jul 1946, Ballet Rambert
World premiere: 28 Jun 1841, Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique, Salle Le Peletier, Paris, France
Work note: 'Giselle' entered the Ballet Rambert repertoire in two stages: first, Act II on 31 July 1945 at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre; second, the full two-act ballet on 11 July 1946 at Sadler's Wells. In 1965, a new production premiered on 15 April at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham (it was produced by David Ellis, but he was not credited in the programme). As was customary at the time, this two-act ballet was always offered as part of a mixed bill, with a short dance work performed before or after it.
Production note: Book by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier and Jean Coralli
Revival credits: NEW PRODUCTION, 15 April 1965, Theatre Royal Nottingham:
Producer: David Ellis
Choreography reproduced by Joyce Graeme
Set designer: Peter Farmer
Costume designer: Peter Farmer
Lighting designer: Peter Farmer
Music orchestrated by Richard Arnell
Note: 'The producers wish to acknowledge ... the kind assistance of Miss Mary Skeaping for the reproduction of the Fugue in Act II'.
Music title: Giselle (1841)
Music details: Live music: chamber orchestra
Source: Programme and reference file in the Rambert Archive
Archive catalogue: WORK/0138; WORK/0134; WORK/0185

Performances

Date ↿⇂ Programme ↿⇂ Venue ↿⇂
31 Jul 1945
Evening
Giselle, Act II* | Judgment of Paris | The Fugitive | Czernyana Birmingham Repertory Theatre
23 Oct 1945
Evening
Giselle, Act 2 | Un Songe* | Two Dances from ''La Vida Breve'' (de Falla) | Simple Symphony | Peter and the Wolf (A Fable without a Moral) Theatre Royal, Norwich
11 Jul 1946
Evening
Giselle* | Peter and the Wolf Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
21 Nov 1949
Evening
Les Sylphides | Don Quixote (Pas de deux Classique) | L'Après-midi d'un Faune | La Mort du Cygne | Capriccio Espagnol* | Blue Bird (Pas de deux Classique) | Giselle Act II Empress Hall, London
21 May 1951
Evening
Giselle Act 1 | Soirée Musicale | Scherzi della Sorte: Pranks of Fate* | Fate's Revenge* Theatre Royal, Bath
30 Jul 1951
Evening
Giselle Act I | Canterbury Prologue* | House of Cards (Scherzi della Sorte) | Façade (The Original Version) Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
20 Oct 1954
Evening
Giselle Act I | Ballet of the Game of Cards (Scene 6 of the play ‘Joan of Arc at the Stake’)* Stoll Theatre, London
4 Jul 1955
Evening
Pas de Déesses | Laiderette* | Giselle Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
22 Sep 1957
Evening
Giselle | Gala Performance Workers' Palace of Culture, Tianjin, China
23 Sep 1957
Evening
Giselle | Gala Performance Workers' Palace of Culture, Tianjin, China
28 Oct 1957
Evening
Giselle | Gala Performance The People's Theatre, Shanghai, China
29 Oct 1957
Evening
Giselle | Gala Performance The People's Theatre, Shanghai, China
1 Nov 1957
Evening
Giselle | Gala Performance The People's Theatre, Shanghai, China
2 Nov 1957
Evening
Giselle | Gala Performance The People's Theatre, Shanghai, China
25 May 1959
Evening
Giselle | Hazaña* Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
15 Apr 1965
Evening
Giselle* | Façade Theatre Royal, Nottingham
27 Jan 1966
Evening
Diversities* | Giselle Richmond Theatre, London
12 May 1966
Evening
Singular Moves* | Giselle King's Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth
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