Ballet in two acts with music by Adolphe Adam

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  • Giselle
  • Eine Szene aus Giselle
    © Ingo Hoehn
  • Eine Szene aus Giselle
    © Lucia Hunziker

  • 1 hour 45 minutes with an interval
  • Recommended age: 8+

Rousing re-interpretation of a ballet classic

Albrecht and Bathilde are engaged to be married. But he falls in love with Giselle, who works as a cleaner for his rich family. Their totally different backgrounds and the expectations of his own family complicate their relationship. When his double life is exposed, Giselle, inconsolable and distraught, throws herself to her death. She joins the Wilis, the spirits of the past, and haunts Albrecht in his dreams. Pontus Lidberg has turned this romantic ballet to original music by Adolphe Adam into a modern evening of dance that addresses contemporary themes and issues.

The choreography [is] very light and airy [... and] develops in a continuous flow with the audience experiencing a constant exchange of energy between the dancing couples.
Chroniques de Danse

Together with our dramaturgy team, Basel’s arts centre Bider and Tanner has been curating the bookstall for our performances for many years. The wide range of books, CDs, DVDs, catalogues and even sheet music is now available 24/7 in the online shop. It’s worth taking a regular look.


Fully trained teachers take care of your children while you enjoy the performance. Book when purchasing your tickets, or at the latest two days before the performance at

Date: 15 January 2023

Shortly before the premiere, during the final rehearsals, we invite you to take a exclusive look behind the scenes. During an initial introduction you will get to know the artistic team and learn more about the production, inspiration and staging. Afterwards you will witness a stage rehearsal.

  • Meeting point is the foyer
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • CHF 10
  • Usually in German 
  • Date: 1 November 2022

The culinary theatre experience. Combine your visit to the theatre with a multi-course menu at the revamped Monteverdi bar at the heart of the theatre. Can be booked for select performances at the ticket office and in the ticket shop. More

Le Grand Théâtre de Genève

Supported by Kantonsspital Baselland, the Medical Partner of  Ballett Theater Basel.


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Mit verblüffend einfachen Mitteln gelingt es Pontus Lidberg, aus dem romantischen Ballett zur Originalmusik von Adolphe Adam, in einer heiteren Leichtigkeit vom Sinfonieorchester Basel vorgetragen, einen modernen Tanzabend mit aktueller Thematik zu machen.
Basler Zeitung
‹Giselle› ist das romantische Ballett schlechthin. Am Theater Basel zeigt nun Pontus Lindberg mit grossartigen Szenenbildern, dass der Stoff weiterhin aktuell und berührend ist.
Badische Zeitung
Der Tanz ist bei Lidberg das Medium, um Gefühle in ihrer Grösse und ihre Metamorphose zu anderen Emotionen auszudrücken. (…) Der Schluss kommt unerwartet und mit solcher Wucht, dass der «Bravo»-Ruf beim Applaus förmlich im Hals stecken bleibt. Pontus Lidberg ist ein Choreograph, den es sich zu merken gilt, falls man das nicht schon getan hat.
bz Basel

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