First of all I would like to apologise for not posting for a couple of days …. it was our Eid holiday and we were away for a couple of days! x
Anyways last night La Scalla Ballet Group preformed Giselle in Muscat…. It was beautiful….. what a performance?!….The girls and I enjoyed it very much!.
Giselle is a ballet in two acts ….. The ballet tells the story of a peasant girl named Giselle whose ghost, after her premature death, protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil female spirits called Wilis!!!!
The ballet is set in Rhineland (Germany) in the Middle Ages during the grape harvest.
Giselle was this beautiful young peasant maiden….. Like many beautiful maidens Giselle had a lot of admirers. One of them was Hilarion, a forest-ranger or game-keeper, who had loved her deeply for a long time and was hoping that she would fall in love with him. The handsome young Duke Albrecht, whose Castle overlooked the village; was also desperately in love with her even though he was already betrothed to the Princess Bathilde of Courland, whom he was expected to marry.
The Duke devised a plan of action with the help of his favourite attendant, a young squire named Wilfred. He used the empty cottage which was opposite Giselle’s cottage. Here he would arrive secretly and hide his fine clothes as a young lord; and would dress as a peasant.
So he introduces himself to Giselle …….and Giselle all too quickly falls in love with him!
The lovers meet many times…… Hilarion, the game-keeper becomes furiously jealous whenever he sees Giselle with that stranger!!!….he warns her against trusting the stranger, but Giselle refuses to listen. Albrecht and Giselle dance a love duet, with Giselle picking the petals from a daisy to divine her lover’s sincerity. The couple is interrupted by Giselle’s mother, who, worried about her daughter’s fragile health, ushers the girl into the cottage.
Horns are heard in the distance and Loys retreats from the scene. A hunting party enters and refreshments are served. Among the hunters are Princess Bathilde and her father. Giselle returns to the scene, dances for the party, and receives a necklace from Bathilde. When the party departs, the Duke reappears (in his disguise as a peasant) with the grape harvesters. A celebration begins. Giselle and the harvesters dance but the celebration is brought to a halt by Hilarion who, having investigated the Duke’s cottage found the nobleman’s horn and sword. The horn is sounded, and the hunting party returns. The truth about the Duke Albrecht is learned and Giselle goes mad and dies. Although Giselle takes Albrecht’s sword, her death is actually a result of her weak heart.
Act is set in a moonlit glade near Giselle’s grave. Hilarion is grieving Giselle’s death. He is frightened from the glade by the Wilis, female spirits who rise from their graves at night and seek revenge upon men by dancing them to death. Giselle is summoned from her grave and welcomed by the supernatural creatures who then quickly disappear. Albrecht enters searching for Giselle’s grave, and she appears before him. He begs forgiveness. Giselle, her love undiminished, readily forgives him and the two dance. The scene ends with Albrecht in pursuit of Giselle as she disappears into the forest.
Hilarion enters pursued by the Wilis who threw him to his death in a nearby lake. The Wilis then surround Albrecht and sentence him to death as well. He begs to be spared but the Queen of the Wilis refuses. Giselle protects him from the Wilis when they force him to dance. Sun rises and so the Wilis go back to their graves, but Giselle’s love has saved Albrecht. By not surrendering her self to feelings of vengeance and hatred that define the Wilis, Giselle is freed from any association with them, and returns to her grave to rest in peace.