The Birmingham Royal Ballet once again demonstrate their standing as one of the world’s greatest ballet companies with this refreshed adaptation of Adolphe Adam’s classic, “Giselle.”

We open on Hayden Griffin’s sumptuous design of a Rhineland Village with its delicate pastoral pallet which is soon populated with a wonderful array of equally beautiful costumes. The dancing is, of course, second to none and each moment is a display of technical virtuosity we have come to expect.

Momoko Hirata inhabits the role of the tragic Giselle with aplomb matched only by Cesar Morales’ handsome Count Albrecht both of who deploy each of their demanding and challenging solos with absolute perfection.

Though the story may be slight, its presentation is a flawless and text book display of this dance form. The lightness and gaiety of the first act is swiftly contrasted by the dark, yet entrancing, second act which gives more dramatic weight to the piece. The imposing graveyard set provides the perfect ambiance for some beautiful and emotionally enchanting dance coupled with some spritely special effects.

The music throughout is perfectly delivered under the experienced baton of Philip Ellis. The breadth and size of the production, the surprisingly large cast, plus full orchestra (and let’s not forget the horse) make this an ideal ballet experience for all ages.

Reviewer: Peter Kinnock

Reviewed: 25th September 2019

North West End UK Rating: ★★★★