Performance Dates & Tickets
Quintessence of Romantic Ballet, Giselle


Ballet in two acts

Music Adolphe Adam
Choreography Leonid Lavrovsky after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Maruis Petipa
Adaptation (Pas de huit) Vladimir Vasiliev
Set Design Nicola Benois

Photo: Kiyonori Hasegawa

In the pale moonlight, the Willis are dancing with mysterious smiles on their pale faces. They are the spirits of young maidens abandoned by faithless lovers and take revenge in the night by making men dance to death by exhaustion.

Giselle is a masterpiece of classical ballet based on a popular theme of the Willis in Romantic Era. It was a great hit in the 19th century and quickly became one of the most popular ballets to be staged around the world to this day.

The beautiful young peasant girl Giselle falls in love with a young man who turns out to be Duke Albrecht. When she learns that she is deceived by him, she dies of a broken heart and becomes one of the Willis. However, she cannot help protecting Albrecht when he arrives at her grave. The dramatic contrast between the realistic Act 1 and the spiritual Act 2 presents the development in Giselle and captures the ballet fans of all times.

Giselle was one of the best roles of Artistic Director Yukari Saito during her career as a dancer, and now she hopes to pass on the ballet to the new generation. In February 2021, Giselle will be performed to live music performed by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, to celebrate the 180th anniversary of its premiere.

Act 1

Act 2

Photos: Kiyonori Hasegawa

Performance Dates

Friday 26 February 2021, 19:00
Sunday 28 February 2021, 14:00

Kanako Oki
Dan Tsukamoto

Saturday 27 February 2021, 14:00

Akira Akiyama
Yasuomi Akimoto

Orchestra Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

Running Time About 2 hours and 10 minutes including an intermission.

*Casting as of 23 October 2020 is subject to change.


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)

Tickets (tax included)
S \11,000
A \9,000
B \7,000
C \5,000
D \4,000
E \3,000

Please note that we are to present the performances with the utmost caution in line with national and regional guidelines for novel coronavirus infection prevention measures, and that the performance dates and details are subject to change depending on circumstances. We will be posting on our website a list of novel coronavirus precautions upon attending the performance. Audience members are kindly asked to read it before attending the performance.
●Children under 6 years old are not admitted to the auditorium.
●Program and casting as of 23 October 2020 are subject to change. Changes in the program and cast do not entitle holders to return or exchange tickets.

Ticket Sale Dates

All tickets go on sale on Friday 11 December 2020 at 10:00a.m. Book now

Presales at "NBS WEB Ticket"
●For Categories S, A, B, C, D and E
Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 21:00--Wednesday 9 December 2020 at 18:00

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1. Parent and Child Tickets (Categories S, A & B)

Parent and Child Tickets (for children between 5 and 18 years old) will go on sale from Tuesday 22 December 2020, 10:00 at NBS WEB Ticket and NBS Ticket Center. (Phone +81-(0)3-3791-8888). Up to two child tickets per one parent ticket can be purchased. Child tickets are half the adult price.

2. 25 and Under Tickets

¥1,000 tickets for those aged 5 to 25 years go on sale on Friday 22 January 2021,20:00 at NBS WEB Ticket. You must bring identity documents with proof of age to pick up your tickets at the venue on the performance day.

3. Discount for two persons (Categories S, A & B)

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Supported by The Association of Japanese Ballet Companies