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 Alexandre Benois

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.

Artistry of both the soloists and corps de ballet of The Tokyo Ballet in Giselle is not to be missed.

Following the performances in June, The Tokyo Ballet will tour to Australia in July for the first time to present Giselle in eleven performances at The Australian Ballet's Melbourne performance home, State Theatre, Arts Center Melbourne, as a guest company to join the celebration of The Australian Ballet's 60th anniversary 2023 season.

From Act 1

From Act 2

Photos: Kiyonori Hasegawa

Performance Dates and Cast

Friday 19 May 2023, 19:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)

Akira Akiyama

Yasuomi Akimoto

Saturday 20 May 2023, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)

Eriko Nakajima

Dan Tsukamoto

Sunday 21 May 2023, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)

Maria Adachi

Arata Miyagawa

Conductor Benjamin Pope
Orchestra Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra

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

*Casting as of 1 February 2023 is subject to change.


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)

Tickets (tax included)
S \13,000
A \11,000
B \9,000
C \7,000
D \5,000
E \3,000
25 and Under \1,500

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 1 February 2023 are subject to change. Changes in the program or the cast do not entitle holders to return or exchange tickets.

Ticket Sale Dates

All tickets go on sale on Friday 3 March 2023 at 10:00a.m. Book now

Presales at "NBS WEB Ticket"
●For Categories S, A, B, C, D and E
Tuesday 21 February 2023, 21:00--Monday 27 February 2023, 18:00

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

Child tickets for children aged 6 to 18 are half the adult price. Parent and Child Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 14 March 2023 at 10:00 at NBS WEB Ticket and NBS Ticket Center (Phone 03-3791-8888). Up to two child tickets per one adult ticket can be purchased. You can select seat category but cannot select seat(s). Our system automatically allocates the "best available" seating to you for the price category you have selected.

2. 25 and Under Tickets

¥1,500 tickets for those aged 6 to 25 years go on sale on Thursday 20 April 2023, 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.

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