Staged in Paris on June 28, 1841 at the Royal Academy of Music (Paris Opera), Giselle is inspired by the traditional motif of love stronger than death, which goes back to the myth of Orpheus and Euridice to reach its peak in the mid-nineteenth century.
The work with Adolphe Adam's music is a classical ballet, which meets with constant admiration of the audience. Tchaikovsky himself, a great symphony and creator of ballet music, described Giselle as a “poetic, musical and choreographic gem”. The story, in which two balancing love intertwine, for a man in life and for dancing in the form of a villa, perfectly reflects romantic ideas. Their strength is evidenced by Giselle's unwavering interest in the world of Vilnius.
The Baltic Opera Giselle is the work of our time. Set in a seaside scenery, the story shows all romantic assumptions, and the implementers show that these assumptions are also familiar today. The waitress Giselle succumbs to the charm of handsome Albert, who came to the seaside to party. However, when the girl discovers that the boy is engaged, in addition to the Warsaw celebrity, she feels cheated and abused, and as a result melts in the sea. Who are Kashubian watersheds? Can dance be forgiven? And what does the wild rose symbolize? Answers to these and other questions can be found in the Gdańsk implementation of Giselle.
The act of the first performance, prepared by Emil Wesołowski, is his modernized version of act I.
Act II was prepared by Wojciech Warszawski and Izabela Sokołowska-Boulton based on the original choreography of Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.