Premiere: June 28, 1841, Ballet du Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique, Paris, France.
In 1840, famous French composer Adolphe Adam returned from Saint Petersburg to Paris to start his work on a ballet entitled Giselle. Its creators, the French poet Théophile Gautier, librettist Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, and ballet choreographer Jean Coralli, based the plot on a legend about the Wilis, as retold by Heinrich Heine. Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot actively participated in the staging of the ballet. As is well-known, Perrot spend a few years in Italy, where he met his future wife, Carlotta Grisi. In fact, Perrot created the part of Giselle precisely for Grisi.