We turn the spotlight on the ghostly Wilis in Giselle, ethereal spirits of betrothed young women who, after being betrayed by their lovers, die from grief. They haunt the woodlands in Giselle, luring unsuspecting men to dance to their death.
Choreography and Production: Sir Peter Wright after the choreography of Jean Coralli and Marius Petipa
(Based on the book by Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Gautier and Coralli)
Music: Adolphe Adam, arranged by Joseph Horovitz
Set and Costume Design: Desmond Heeley
Lighting Design: Gil Wechsler
Artists of the Ballet
The Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.
Giselle was produced as a memorial to the late William P. Walker and was made possible through the courtesy of many generous friends of the National Ballet.
Heather Ogden is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.
Jillian Vanstone is sponsored through Dancers First by George & Kathy Dembroski.
Tina Pereira is sponsored through Dancers First by The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C.
Editing by Anne-Marie Jackson
Videography by Johan Hallberg-Campbell and Monica Guddat