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New Vision of a Timeless Romance

Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has become one of the most popular ballets of all time and is considered ballet's great tragedy. In 2011, PNB unveiled a newly staged production of Giselle by Peter Boal based on original material researched by Stepanov notation expert Doug Fullington in collaboration with leading Giselle scholar Marian Smith.

With the return of Giselle in June 2014, PNB will build an original version of this classic story ballet with the leadership of renowned costume and set designer Jérôme Kaplan, already familiar to PNB audiences though his visionary Roméo et Juliette and Don Quixote.

Based in the rich texture of the 19th century’s romantic era, each costume is built from Jérôme Kaplan’s sketches and period research by PNB’s Costume Shop. Scenery based on Kaplan’s models will complete a vision of this classic ballet that will be unique to PNB.

We Can’t Do It Without You!

This exciting project is only possible  with the generous support of PNB donors.  With a total build cost of  $750,000 and $500,000 raised, we have secured an additional $100,000 challenge gift to inspire supporters to complete this project. Donate today and your gift will bring the show to life — and be generously matched!

To donate use our form on the right or contact Lilah Helton at 206.441.3594 or

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