The haunting romantic ballet ballet "Giselle" with music by French composer Adolphe Adam and original choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot was first performed at the Paris Opera in France in 1841. However, "Giselle" has long been sort of unofficially a Russian classic. In 1843, the ballet was performed in Moscow and a year later in St. Petersburg. By 1868 "Giselle" had been dropped from the Paris Opera’s repertory, but Russian dancers, ballet masters and choreographers kept it alive. Adam’s music for “Giselle” has a folkloric and dramatic Russian feel to it, as does the wonderful choreography staged by Marius Petipa for the Imperial Ballet in 1884 and used to this day. The Russian National Ballet returns to The Hanover Theatre Friday with its production of "Giselle" presented by Music Worcester.

What: Russian National Ballet performs "Giselle," presented by Music Worcester

When: 8 p.m. March 13

Where: The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester

How much: $29 to $59. (877) 571-7469; www.thehanovertheatre.org