Giselle Timeline


2014 Pacific Northwest Ballet revives its 2011 production of Giselle with new scenery and costumes designed by Jérôme Kaplan.
2011 New staging of Giselle by Peter Boal, assisted by Marian Smith and Doug Fullington, premieres at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle USA on June 3.
2008 Justamant notation of Giselle published in facsimile by Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim, Germany.
2002 Justamant notation of Giselle resurfaces at auction in Germany after missing since 1893. The manuscript is now held by Deutches Tanzarchiv Köln, Germany.
2000 Marian Smith's Ballet and Opera in the Age of Giselle published by Princeton University Press, including a discussion of the first production of Giselle based on the 1842 rehearsal repetiteur. Smith's book wins the 2001 De la Torre Bueno Prize for Most Distinguished Book in Dance Scholarship from Dance Perspectives Foundation, New York.

Marian Smith’s Ballet and Opera in the Age of Giselle.

1969 Stepanov notations sold to Harvard Theatre Collection, Cambridge USA.
1944 Cyril Beaumont's The Ballet Called Giselle published in London, including detailed descriptions of British stagings of Giselle by Nikolai Sergeyev.
1934 Giselle staged for Vic-Wells Company (later The Royal Ballet) by Nikolai Sergeyev, London, with Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin in the leading roles.
1932 Giselle staged for Camargo Society by Nikolai Sergeyev, London, with Olga Spessivtzeva and Anton Dolin in the leading roles.
1924 Giselle staged for Paris Opera Ballet by Nikolai Sergeyev, with Olga Spessivtzeva in the title role.

Olga Spessivtzeva as Giselle.

1918 Nikolai Sergeyev leaves St. Petersburg, Russia, with Stepanov notations.
1910 Giselle performed in Paris by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes for the first time since 1868, with Tamara Karsavina and Vaslav Nijinsky in the leading roles.

Tamara Karsavina and Vaslav Nijinsky in Giselle.

c. 1899–1903 Choreographic notation of Giselle made in the Stepanov notation system by Nikolai Sergeyev, regisseur at the Imperial Ballet, and others.
1884 Marius Petipa stages Giselle at the Imperial Ballet; further restagings follow in 1887, 1899, and 1903.
1868 Giselle performed in Paris for the last time until 1910.
1860s Choreographic notation of Giselle made in Paris by ballet master Henri Justamant.
1859 Giselle staged by Jules Perrot at the Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg, with Marius Petipa assisting.
1848 Jules Perrot leaves Paris for St. Petersburg, Russia.
1847 Marius Petipa, performs the role of Albrecht in Giselle at the Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg, where he is premier danseur. In 1871, Petipa becomes ballet master of the Imperial Ballet, a position he holds until 1903, the year he makes final revisions in his staging of Giselle for ballerina Anna Pavlova.
1846 Giselle premieres in Boston USA, with Mary Ann Lee and George Washington Smith in the leading roles.
1842 Giselle premieres in London with Carlotta Grisi and Jules Perrot in the leading roles.
Giselle rehearsal repetiteur (violin and cello score) prepared in Paris by ballet master Antoine Titus to assist with St. Petersburg staging.
Giselle premieres in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1841 Giselle, ou Les Wilis premieres in Paris, presented by Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique (later Paris Opera) at Salle Le Peletier, June 28, with a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier, music by Adolphe Adam, and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot on June 28. Carlotta Grisi and Lucien Petipa dance the leading roles.

Giselle premiere poster, 1841.

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