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Liverpool dates for English National Ballet's acclaimed Giselle

English National Ballet is preparing to celebrate its 75th anniversary with a new tour which comes to Liverpool this autumn.

The company will present Mary Skeaping’s Giselle at the Liverpool Empire from October 23-26, with the score played live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic.

The romantic 19th Century ballet, with music by Adolphe Adam, is described as a haunting story of innocence and betrayal, and a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love.

A young peasant girl, Giselle, is in love with Albrecht, a duke who hides his title and his engagement to another.

When Giselle discovers he’s deceived her, she is driven to madness and dies of a broken heart.

Late at night, the Wilis gather by her grave, ready to welcome her into their fold as the vengeful spirits of betrayed brides who force men to dance to their deaths.

But will Giselle’s love protect Albrecht from his fate?

The original 1841 ballet had choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and was performed at the Paris Opera with Carlotta Grisi and Lucien Petipa in the leading roles. Since then, it has undergone many changes.

This version by the late dancer, teacher and choreographer Mary Skeaping was first produced for the then London Festival Ballet in 1971 after years of researching the original, and was revived by the English National Ballet this January when it was performed at London’s Coliseum.

Now it is going on tour this autumn, with dates in Liverpool, Manchester and London.

English National Ballet was founded as the London Festival Ballet in 1950 by Dame Alicia Markova and Sir Anton Dolin.

Giselle comes to the Liverpool Empire from October 23-26. Tickets HERE

Top: Mary Skeaping's Giselle. Photo by Laurent Liotardo.


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