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The Australian Ballet’s critically acclaimed Giselle dances its way back to Australia for the first time in nine years.

After winning critical acclaim on the international stage, The Australian Ballet’s landmark production of the quintessential Romantic ballet Giselle will be touring Australia for the first time since 2006. Maina Gielgud’s version of the much-loved classic plays at Canberra Theatre Centre from 21 to 26 May 2015.

Giselle is the signature work of Maina Gielgud, who held the role of Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet for 14 years from 1983 to 1997. The show has been performed in Beijing, New York, London, Singapore, Bangkok, Houston and Boston.

“I am absolutely delighted to be staging my production of Giselle once again,” said Gielgud

“Everyone has thrown themselves into the world of Giselle with the greatest enthusiasm, striving to honour the tradition while making the roles their own and relevant to the present day.”

For dancers around the world, Giselle offers the most sought-after and career-making roles. Madeleine Eastoe, one of The Australian Ballet’s most admired and versatile ballerinas, was promoted to Principal Artist following her debut in the role in 2006. Making their first appearance as Giselle in 2015 are Principal Artists Lana Jones, Amber Scott and Leanne Stojmenov, as well as Senior Artists Juliet Burnett (pictured) and Natasha Kusch, who makes her debut with The Australian Ballet after joining the company in January.

The world of Giselle is brought to life by celebrated designer Peter Farmer’s atmospheric costumes and sets, as well as the melodic and charming score originally created in 1841 by Adolphe Adam.

About Giselle

Having gripped audiences the world-over since it first premiered in 1841 in Paris, Giselle’s tragic story of love, madness and betrayal is played out in secret trysts and ghostly visions across two spectacular acts.

Giselle follows the story of a village girl who falls in love with a man who is not all he seems. When she discovers his deception, she dies of a broken heart.

Transformed into a spirit, she is reunited with her lover in a forest haunted by the ghosts of jilted women, and must dance with him until dawn to save his life.

Special Events and Talks

Audiences are invited to step inside the ballet with special events during the Giselle season.

For the first time ever, families with kids aged 10 and up can go Behind the Scenes of Giselle with a one-hour in-theatre experience that includes seeing close-up a member of the artistic staff lead a private coaching session with principal artists as they prepare for an upcoming role, and watch the company take class on stage. Adult tickets $39, Concession tickets $29. Tickets on sale now at

Audiences can also hear an intimate and one-off talk between Artistic Director David McAllister and a special guest from the ballet world in McAllister in Conversation. All tickets $15. Tickets on sale now at


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