February 11-19, 2022 | Davidson Theatre

Run Time: Approx. 1 hr 51 mins
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: Adolphe Adam

Witness a love story that has captivated hearts for centuries with Edwaard Liang’s Giselle. This timeless ballet, set to Adolphe Adam’s score, features classical elements as it tells the haunting tale of a peasant girl’s quest for love. Liang’s Giselle reimagines and reinvigorates this beloved work, leaving audiences inspired and awed.

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Giselle Costume Creation

Show Dates

Friday, February 11, 2022

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Friday, February 18, 2022

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Dancers Explain Giselle

Meet the Characters


Her gentle nature, beauty and kindness capture the hearts of all who meet her. Upon discovering her lover, Loys, has deceived her, Giselle dances until her weak heart ultimately stops beating, dying from shock. In death, Giselle must choose to wander the earth each night with the vengeful Wilis or instead find peace in the power of forgiveness.


Although engaged to a noblewoman, Albrecht disguises himself as a peasant named Loys to win the heart of the beautiful Giselle. While visiting Giselle’s grave late one night, Albrecht encounters the Wilis and Giselle’s spirit, where a struggle between revenge and forgiveness ensues.


A gamekeeper from the village, Hilarion is consumed by his love for Giselle. Feeling betrayed when he learns that Giselle is in love with the suspicious Loys, Hilarion becomes determined to uncover the true identity of Giselle’s new lover.

Myrtha and the Wilis

The Queen of the Wilis, Myrtha is as regal as she is vengeful. Myrtha recruits Giselle’s spirit to join the Wilis, a group of spirits betrayed by their lovers who roam the Earth from dusk to dawn, forcing all who encounter them to dance to their deaths.

Great storytelling, world-class dancing and an updated look that make it worth reserving a ticket for.

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