Marianela Nuñez celebrates her 20th year with the Royal Ballet this year. For a prima ballerina you may believe her peak years of performing are behind her. However, nothing could be further from the truth in this divine production of Sir Peter Wright’s mystical Giselle, in which a stellar cast bring their superior storytelling skills to this signature work in the company’s repertoire.
Giselle is possibly the quintessential romantic ballet. It tells the story of a young peasant girl who falls in love with Count Albrecht, disguised as a peasant himself. Albrecht is already engaged to Bathilde (a beguiling Olivia Cowley), and when Giselle discovers this at the end of Act One, she kills herself. In Act Two she reappears as a spirit, sharing a brief reunion with her beloved before returning to the grave, leaving Albrecht powerless and alone.
Nuñez is delightful is the early scenes. Throughout her initial infatuation with Albrecht, she maintains a joyful and sunny disposition, while remaining a humble Giselle brimming with youthful innocence.
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