History Theatre / Giselle

13th Mar '16 2:21:36 PM Dezdet
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* GoneHorriblyWrong: If the ballet portrays Hilarion more sympathetically, his attempt to get Albrecht and Giselle together backfires spectacularly and results in Giselle dying of a broken heart. [[spoiler: And even more so: the ''wilis'' make sure he gets his dose of karma.]]

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: If the ballet portrays Hilarion more sympathetically, his attempt to get Albrecht and Giselle together backfires spectacularly and results in Giselle dying of a broken heart. [[spoiler: And even more so: the ''wilis'' wilis make sure he gets his dose of karma.]]
22nd May '15 7:45:14 PM QueenofSwords
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Thoroughly averted. While Bathilde is [[AlphaBitch snobbish]] in some versions of the ballet, [[LovableAlphaBitch she]] treats Giselle with kindness, and gifts her with a necklace upon hearing of her engagement. Her father is very friendly and welcoming as well, and while Albrecht is selfish, he [[spoiler:redeems himself in the second act, since he genuinely regrets what happened.]]

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* AristocratsAreEvil: Thoroughly averted. While Bathilde is [[AlphaBitch snobbish]] in some versions of the ballet, [[LovableAlphaBitch she]] treats Giselle with kindness, and gifts presents her with a necklace upon hearing of her engagement. Her father is very friendly and welcoming as well, and while well. Albrecht is selfish, a selfish player at first, but he [[spoiler:redeems himself in the second act, since he genuinely regrets what happened.]]
29th Dec '14 6:55:26 PM MarchVee
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''Giselle'' is a ballet created by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, composed by Adolphe Adam and first shown in 1841. It is said to have been inspired by a poem, and the famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavic_fairies#Wili wilis]] in the second act are taken from SlavicMythology of ruthless virgins, jilted before or on their wedding day, who vengefully dance men to death. The ballet is well-known throughout the world and is considered to be one of the best productions a troupe can perform. It is said that while SwanLake is the best ballet in terms of ''movement'', ''Giselle'' is said to be the best ballet in terms of ''acting'', with pantomime and expression telling the story of the ballet as well as the choreography.

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''Giselle'' is a ballet created by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, composed by Adolphe Adam and first shown in 1841. It is said to have been inspired by a poem, and the famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavic_fairies#Wili wilis]] in the second act are taken from SlavicMythology Myth/SlavicMythology of ruthless virgins, jilted before or on their wedding day, who vengefully dance men to death. The ballet is well-known throughout the world and is considered to be one of the best productions a troupe can perform. It is said that while SwanLake is the best ballet in terms of ''movement'', ''Giselle'' is said to be the best ballet in terms of ''acting'', with pantomime and expression telling the story of the ballet as well as the choreography.
15th Dec '14 4:21:44 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* BadBadActing: A lot of the Soviet Albrechts aren't convincing. Averted with Rudolf Nureyev's interpretation of the character, who one review went so far as to declare tons more convincing than others in the role.
12th Dec '14 9:12:03 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* BerserkButton: Albrecht, who has earlier stalled a confrontation with Hilarion, absolutely flips his shit when Hilarion's meddling causes Giselle's death, and he would've killed him then and there had his own servant not intervened.

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* BerserkButton: Albrecht, who has had earlier stalled a confrontation with Hilarion, absolutely flips his shit when Hilarion's meddling causes Giselle's death, and he would've killed him then and there had his own servant not intervened.



* [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending On The Choreographer]]: Is Hilarion a DoggedNiceGuy, a vengeful jerk out to spite Albrecht and actively hurt Giselle, or just a WellIntentionedExtremist whose BatmanGambit to get Albrecht and Giselle together winds up becoming a gambit GoneHorriblyWrong?

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* [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending On The on the Choreographer]]: Is Hilarion a DoggedNiceGuy, a vengeful jerk out to spite Albrecht and actively hurt Giselle, or just a WellIntentionedExtremist whose BatmanGambit to get Albrecht and Giselle together winds up becoming a gambit GoneHorriblyWrong?
12th Dec '14 4:39:42 AM Ciara25
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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Hilarion's attempt to get Albrecht and Giselle together backfires spectacularly and results in Giselle dying of a broken heart. [[spoiler: And even more so: the ''wilis'' make sure he gets his dose of karma.]]

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Hilarion's If the ballet portrays Hilarion more sympathetically, his attempt to get Albrecht and Giselle together backfires spectacularly and results in Giselle dying of a broken heart. [[spoiler: And even more so: the ''wilis'' make sure he gets his dose of karma.]]
7th Sep '13 11:16:31 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* BerserkButton: Albrecht, who has earlier stalled a confrontation with Hilarion, absolutely flips his shit when Hilarion's meddling causes Giselle's death, and he would've killed him then and there had his own servant not intervened.



* DrivenToSuicide: In an early version of the ballet, Giselle died by stabbing herself with Albrecht's sword.

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* DoggedNiceGuy[=/=]IdiotHero: The characterizations of the more sympathetic portrayals of Hilarion.
* DrivenToSuicide: In an early version of the ballet, Giselle died by stabbing herself with Albrecht's sword. This is kept in some later productions, but it's made clear that the sword didn't kill her.



* HeroAntagonist: Hilarion. Where he is between the two sides of this (i.e. more heroic or more antagonistic) varies between productions, but he's always more sympathetic than the wilis regardless.



* [[spoiler: KarmicDeath]]: [[spoiler:So Hilarion's intervention revealed the whole KingIncognito deal and caused Giselle to go insane, die, and become a wili upon her death? When he goes mourn Giselle, the other wilis subject him to this via forcing him to dance until he's almost dead of exhaustation, then [[KillitWithWater drowning him in the lake]].]]

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* [[spoiler: KarmicDeath]]: [[spoiler:So Hilarion's intervention revealed the whole KingIncognito deal and caused Giselle to go insane, die, and become a wili upon her death? When he goes to mourn Giselle, the other wilis subject him to this via forcing him to dance until he's almost dead of exhaustation, exhaustion, then [[KillitWithWater drowning him in the lake]].]]



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Averted. Albrecht doesn't ''have'' to die to redeem himself for Giselle's death]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Averted. Albrecht doesn't ''have'' to die to redeem himself for Giselle's death]]death.]]
** [[spoiler:Played straight with Hilarion, though. He's intercepted by the wilis as he pays his last respects to Giselle... and the pack kills him just before Giselle and Albrecht show up.]]



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Bathilde, as it's her arrival that [[spoiler: kicks off all the crap that will lead to poor Giselle's death.]]

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Bathilde, as it's her whose arrival that [[spoiler: kicks off all the crap that will lead to poor Giselle's death.]]
6th Aug '13 5:43:32 PM ASplashingKoi
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* TheFairFolk: The wilis.



* [[spoiler: KarmicDeath: So Hilarion's intervention revealed the whole KingIncognito deal and caused Giselle to go insane, die, and become a wili upon her death? When he goes mourn Giselle, the other wilis subject him to this via forcing him to dance until he's almost dead of exhaustation, then [[KillitWithWater drowning him in the lake]].]]

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* TheIngenue: Giselle is a sweet, pure-hearted, innocent young girl who loves dancing and her boyfriend. Unfortunately, she's the heroine of a tragedy.
* [[spoiler: KarmicDeath: So KarmicDeath]]: [[spoiler:So Hilarion's intervention revealed the whole KingIncognito deal and caused Giselle to go insane, die, and become a wili upon her death? When he goes mourn Giselle, the other wilis subject him to this via forcing him to dance until he's almost dead of exhaustation, then [[KillitWithWater drowning him in the lake]].]]



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Hilarion reveals Albrecht's true identity to Giselle, hoping that this will help him win her heart. Instead she goes insane and dies.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Hilarion reveals Albrecht's true identity to Giselle, hoping that this will help him win her heart. Instead she goes insane and dies.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Hilarion reveals Albrecht's true identity to Giselle, hoping that TheOphelia: [[spoiler: Giselle becomes this will help him win her heart. Instead at the end of Act I, and then passes away.]]
* ThePowerOfLove: Invoked by Giselle as
she goes insane attempts to save Albrecht from Myrtha and dies.the other wilis. [[spoiler:It works.]] In some versions, this ''[[GoodHurtsEvil wounds]]'' Myrtha.



* TheFairFolk: The wilis.
* TheIngenue: Giselle is a sweet pure-hearted innocent young girl who loves dancing and her boyfriend. Unfortunately, she's the heroine of a tragedy.
* TheOphelia: [[spoiler: Giselle becomes this at the end of Act I, and then passes away.]]
* ThePowerOfLove: Invoked by Giselle as she attempts to save Albrecht from Myrtha and the other wilis. [[spoiler:It works.]] In some versions, this ''[[GoodHurtsEvil wounds]]'' Myrtha.
4th Jun '13 10:57:17 AM DancingNinian
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''Giselle'' is a ballet created by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, composed by Adolphe Adam and first shown in 1841. It is said to have been inspired by a poem, and the famous wilis in the second act are taken from SlavicMythology of ruthless virgins, jilted before or on their wedding day, who vengefully dance men to death. The ballet is well-known throughout the world and is considered to be one of the best productions a troupe can perform. It is said that while SwanLake is the best ballet in terms of ''movement'', ''Giselle'' is said to be the best ballet in terms of ''acting'', with pantomime and expression telling the story of the ballet as well as the choreography.

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''Giselle'' is a ballet created by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, composed by Adolphe Adam and first shown in 1841. It is said to have been inspired by a poem, and the famous wilis [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavic_fairies#Wili wilis]] in the second act are taken from SlavicMythology of ruthless virgins, jilted before or on their wedding day, who vengefully dance men to death. The ballet is well-known throughout the world and is considered to be one of the best productions a troupe can perform. It is said that while SwanLake is the best ballet in terms of ''movement'', ''Giselle'' is said to be the best ballet in terms of ''acting'', with pantomime and expression telling the story of the ballet as well as the choreography.



The second act consists of Giselle, now a wili, and her attempts to save Prince Albrecht from Queen Myrtha and her wilis.

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The second act consists of Giselle, now a wili, one of the wilis, and her attempts to save the grieving Prince Albrecht from Queen Myrtha and her wilis.
wilis. [[spoiler: She succeeds, but must depart to the afterlife.]]



* AristocratsAreEvil: Thoroughly averted. While Bathilde is snobbish in some versions of the ballet, she treats Giselle with kindness, and gifts her with a necklace upon hearing of her engagement. Her father is very friendly and welcoming as well, and while Albrecht is selfish, he [[spoiler:redeems himself in the second act]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Giselle saves the prince, who has fallen in love with her, but must depart forever. At least she now rests in peace.]]

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* AristocratsAreEvil: Thoroughly averted. While Bathilde is snobbish [[AlphaBitch snobbish]] in some versions of the ballet, she [[LovableAlphaBitch she]] treats Giselle with kindness, and gifts her with a necklace upon hearing of her engagement. Her father is very friendly and welcoming as well, and while Albrecht is selfish, he [[spoiler:redeems himself in the second act]].
act, since he genuinely regrets what happened.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Giselle saves the prince, who has ''has'' fallen in love with her, but must depart forever. At least she now rests in peace.peace and Albrecht will live on.]]



* ClingyJealousGirl: [[GenderFlip Gender flipped]] with Hilarion.

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* ClingyJealousGirl: [[GenderFlip Gender flipped]] with CrazyJealousGuy: Hilarion.



* DeathByDespair: Giselle dies of a broken heart when she discovers that Albrecht is engaged to another. Some productions try to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] this by having her mother mime caution to her daughter early on, suggesting that she already has a weak heart.

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* DeathByDespair: Poor Giselle dies of a broken heart when she discovers that Albrecht is engaged to another. Some productions try to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] this by having her mother mime caution to her daughter early on, suggesting that [[HeartTrauma she already has a weak heart.heart]].



* GoneHorriblyWrong: Hilarion's attempt to get Albrecht and Giselle together backfires spectacularly and results in Giselle dying of a broken heart.

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Hilarion's attempt to get Albrecht and Giselle together backfires spectacularly and results in Giselle dying of a broken heart. [[spoiler: And even more so: the ''wilis'' make sure he gets his dose of karma.]]



* [[spoiler: KarmicDeath: So Hilarion's intervention revealed the whole KingIncognito deal and caused Giselle to go insane, die, and become a wili upon her death? When he goes mourn Giselle, the other wilis subject him to this via forcing him to dance until he's almost dead of exhaustation, then [[KillitWithWater drowning him in the lake]].]]
* KillItWithWater: [[spoiler: How the wilis finish Hilarion off.]]



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Averted.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Averted.]] Albrecht doesn't ''have'' to die to redeem himself for Giselle's death]]



* TheOphelia: [[spoiler: Giselle becomes this at the end of Act I.]]

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* TheOphelia: [[spoiler: Giselle becomes this at the end of Act I.I, and then passes away.]]



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Bathilde.

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* UnrequitedTragicMaiden: Oh, ''Giselle''.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Bathilde.Bathilde, as it's her arrival that [[spoiler: kicks off all the crap that will lead to poor Giselle's death.]]
25th Apr '13 6:40:57 PM tempestinateapot
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The ballet begins happily on the day of a peasant festival, with a disguised nobleman (often a prince or a duke) named Albrecht who has disguised himself as the peasant Loys. It is in this guise that he courts the shy and naive Giselle, who falls in love with him while being wholly unaware of Albrecht's true self. After Giselle picks petals in a "He loves me, he loves me not" scenario (and after Albrecht plucks an extra petal while Giselle isn't looking so the flower will produce a "He loves me" answer), the two dance, only to be interrupted by Hilarion, a hunter who is in love with Giselle. Hilarion jealously warns Giselle against trusting strangers and proclaims his love for Giselle, only to be gently refused, and storm away. Giselle and Albrecht are later stopped by Giselle's overprotective mother, Berthe. She warns Giselle of being jilted, for a girl who dies before her wedding night is turned into a wili under control of Queen Myrtha and forever condemned to dance men to death. She herds Giselle back into their home and shoos Albrecht away.

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The ballet begins happily on the day of a peasant festival, with a [[KingIncognito disguised nobleman nobleman]] (often a prince or a duke) named Albrecht who has disguised himself as the peasant Loys. It is in this guise that he courts the shy and naive Giselle, who falls in love with him while being wholly unaware of Albrecht's true self. After Giselle picks petals in a "He loves me, he loves me not" scenario (and after Albrecht plucks an extra petal while Giselle isn't looking so the flower will produce a "He loves me" answer), the two dance, only to be interrupted by Hilarion, a hunter who is in love with Giselle. Hilarion jealously warns Giselle against trusting strangers and proclaims his love for Giselle, only to be gently refused, and storm away. Giselle and Albrecht are later stopped by Giselle's overprotective mother, Berthe. She warns Giselle of being jilted, for a girl who dies before her wedding night is turned into a wili under control of Queen Myrtha and forever condemned to dance men to death. She herds Giselle back into their home and shoos Albrecht away.
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