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Paris Opera Ballet performs Giselle

Giselle at the Kennedy Center, July 5th-8th, 2012 For the first time since 1993, the Paris Opera Ballet is returning to the Kennedy Center for a full-length performance of the ballet Giselle. Giselle is the love story of a peasant girl named Giselle living in the grape-harvesting area of Rhineland. She falls in love with another talented peasant dancer named Loys. Unfortunately, another peasant named Hilarion is jealous of this love and finds out that Loys is really the prince Albrecht and reveals Albrecht's true identity. This revelation causes Giselle great anguish and due to a weakened heart, she collapses at the end of the first Act. The second part of the ballet takes place in the forest near Giselle's grave where the spirit Wilis comes to terrorize and dance Albrecht to death. Be sure to check out this beautiful performance and see how the story ends.

Listen here to hear the music of Giselle and to view a complete 1982 television production of the ballet. To learn more about this ballet love story, check out these books.