One of the most popular Romantic ballets, Giselle tells the passionate story of a peasant girl who is driven to her death after discovering her young lover 'Loys' is actually a Count and cannot marry her.
Upon her death, Giselle is summoned from her grave by the Wilis. These female spirits, on earth, jilted before their wedding day, take revenge by rising nightly from their graves to dance men to their death...
Giselle's ghost is subsequently risen to haunt her betrayer in love. He however, visits her grave to repent of his wrong-doing and Giselle takes pity on him. She protects the Count from the deadly touch of her fellow phantom females until dawn has come and he is safe once more.
Giselle is a ballet of two acts and was inspired by a poem from Heinrich Heine. It takes place during the Middle Ages, in the Rhineland.