Why Giselle?


This deeply moving performance is worth the watch because it shows the redeeming power of love between the mortal and immortal world. Forgiveness is said to be the highest form of love, the remedy that sets not only Giselle but also her lover Albrecht free from the hatred and vengeful forces of the Wilis.

Even when our loved ones have departed, love remains, as per the laws of Physics that binds us all. The Law of Conservation of Energy states that “Energy cannot be created nor destroyed; energy can only be changed from one form to another.”

Death does not weaken the power of love that is capable of transmuting fear-led forces. An appreciation of our loved ones who have departed can come into mind through this moving performance, to remain immortal in our hearts and minds.

Another element pervasive in Giselle is the two-act ballet structure whereby each act is complete by its own; there is an introduction, a development and a conclusion of its own. Romantic ballet has dance for dance alone and places less emphasis on the unity of action.

However, Giselle is different in the sense that each act serves a purpose. It is rarely seen that the dancers act for the passion of dancing by itself. We are shown the Romantic era’s desire for art and at the same time, Giselle’s passion in Act 1 to be contrasted with the vengeful Wilis in Act 2.

This is note-worthy because the plot thickens while also satisfying the desire for art as necessary in the Romantic period. The audience would enjoy the sensuous and exotic display of dancers and at the same time be entertained by the contrasting art portrayed through the means of dance.

Akram Khan’s “Giselle” the Movie

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