Giselle – Adam – Giselle’s Variation (Act 1)


Giselle’s variation from Giselle Act 1

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Giselle is a renowned two-act ballet that mixes aspects of romance, tragedy, and the supernatural. The ballet is set in a charming countryside where the eponymous character, Giselle, falls in love with a nobleman named Albrecht. The first act introduces us to a cheerful and endearing rural town, with Giselle and Albrecht’s budding love at its heart. When Giselle realises that Albrecht is already engaged to another woman, she dies as a result of a shattered heart.

The second act is set in a hauntingly beautiful woodland, where Giselle’s soul lives with the Wilis, a gang of ghostly, malevolent female spirits commanded by Queen Myrtha. The Wilis, who perished before their wedding days and are destined to dance men to death, represent the supernatural world’s strength. Giselle’s eternal love for Albrecht is important to the story, as she shields him from the spiteful Wilis even as they attempt to seize him.


Adolphe Adam (1803-1856) was a 19th-century French composer and music critic who made major contributions to the field of French Romantic music. Born in Paris, he showed early musical promise and got formal study at the Paris Conservatoire. Adam’s prodigious career spanned several musical genres, but he is most remembered for his contributions to ballet and opera. He wrote many operas, notably the famous “Le Postillon de Lonjumeau,” but his greatest lasting contribution is in ballet.

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