June 30, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal


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Dance Ballet with Orchestra
"Giselle is a ballet that I have chosen because it’s one of the most important ballets in history and it still holds a fascination to dancers and viewers alike."
  Ivan Cavallari

World Premiere

NAC Presentation

Giselle is one of the most beloved of the great ballets, and we are thrilled to present the North American premiere of this glorious interpretation by Les Grands Ballets’ recently appointed Artistic Director Ivan Cavallari. Based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa, this special engagement will showcase the company’s classical technique and virtuosity. From the love story arc in Act I to the ethereal dancing of the mystical wilis characters in Act II, the graceful beauty of this classical romantic ballet will charm and captivate you.

Performance is approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes including intermission

video: Giselle - Les Grands Ballets
Giselle - Les Grands Ballets
© Yui Sugawara Sasha Onyshchenko
© Yui Sugawara Sasha Onyshchenko


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  • Featuring Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
  • Featuring NAC Orchestra
  • Artistic Director Ivan Cavallari
  • Conductor Jean-Claude Picard
  • Choreography Marius Petipa
  • Adaptation Ivan Cavallari, assisted by Marina Villanuava
  • Libretto Théophile Gauthier and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, after Heinrich Heine
  • Music Adolphe-Charles Adam, arr. Karl Paullsson, via Creative Commons
  • Cuts, arrangements and notes Jean-Claude Picard, Céline Arcand, François Vallières
  • Preparation of Bass part, Act 2 Jean René
  • Set design Ivan Cavallari
  • Costumes design (1990) John Dinning
  • Costumes adaptation (2019) Ivan Cavallari
  • Lighting design Marc Parent
  • Set building Productions Yves Nicol
  • Accessories creation Normand Blais
  • Video content creation Starno
  • Rehearsal Pianist Rosalie Asselin
  • Makeup Artist Sarah Ladouceur