- 38 x 26 3/4 inches (96 1/2 x 68 cm)
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One of the few ballets to have survived the Romantic era of the mid-1800s, “Giselle” tells the story of the title character, a young, innocent village maiden who’s in love with a man she knows only as Loys. In reality, the man is Albrecht, a nobleman disguised as a peasant—an already betrothed nobleman. When Giselle discovers the deceit, she is inconsolable and first goes mad, then dies of a broken heart. In the second act, her undying love for Albrecht saves him from the wicket magic of the willis—vampric ghosts of betrothed girls who died before their wedding day. Though their leader forces Albrecht to dance again and again, Giselle intervenes long enough to spare his strength and allow him to survive until dawn, because at sunrise, these ghosts must return to their graves. Giselle, too, must return but not before showing Albrecht that she forgives him for his treachery. The two pledge their love to each other and she descends back into her grave. Forever separated from her true love, Giselle becomes a willi for the rest of eternity.