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30 January 2018 (Tue), 19:30 World famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera - established 1783 - Stars of the Stars  Classical Ballet Adolphe Adam "Giselle" (Fantasy ballet in two acts)

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (till 21:40)

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for Adolphe Adam "Giselle" (Fantasy ballet in two acts) 2022

Conductor: Boris Gruzin
Dancer: Oxana Skorik

Composer: Adolphe Adam
Set Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Jules Perrot
Choreography: Jean Coralli
Costume Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Ballet company: The Saint-Petersburg State Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre
Libretto: Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
Libretto: Theophile Gautier
Libretto: Jean Coralli

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet

fantastic ballet in 2 act

World premiere: 28 June 1841, Theatre de l`Academie Royal de Musique, Paris
Premiere in Russia: 18 December 1842 Bolshoi Theatre

The romantic ballet Giselle premiered in 1841 at the Paris Opera Theatre. It is based on the legend of the ‘villi’ – young girls who were betrayed by their lovers and did not live till their wedding, dying of a broken heart and later turning into vindictive and merciless female spirits; this grizzly tale was given a poetic flair by Heinrich Heine. The librettists Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Theophile Gautier helped turn the legend into a ballet, with music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.

The opening night was a triumph. The ballet became hugely popular among the top theatres across Europe. And ever since then, Giselle has been a constant in the ballet world.

But what is the secret of this unwavering interest? How has this romantic ballet managed to survive for over two hundred years and to pass on into the twenty-first century without ever losing its popularity?

Maybe the answer lies in the depth and ardour of affection that Jules Perrot, the ballet’s choreographer and the main mastermind behind its creation, bore towards his beloved wife and star pupil, Carlotta Grisi, who was the one he staged the ballet for? Maybe that is why Giselle, the fruit of Perrot’s passionate talent and inspiration, conceals a certain magical power that does not fade way with time?

In Saint-Petersburg, the ballet Giselle still retains the choreography of Marius Petipa, who was the first ballet master of the Royal Mariinsky Theatre in the second half of the nineteenth century. The Yacobson Ballet Theatre also follows the same tradition.




Synopsis

Act I 
Count Albrecht, in love with the peasant girl Giselle, keeps his noble status a secret from her. Giselle’s other admirer Hans, a woodsman, tries to warn her that Albrecht is not who he claims to be, but Giselle doesn’t want to hear him. Left alone, Hans enters the hunter’s cottage and removes Albrecht’s sword with bears his noble coat of arms. 
The sounds of a horn announce the arrival of a hunting party, amongst whom the Count’s betrothed – Bathilde and her father. They stop to seek rest in the village. The Count’s fiancée, charmed by Giselle’s innocence and beauty, gives the girl an expensive necklace. 
The hunting party retires and the peasants begin a celebration of their own to mark the harvest. At the height of the festivities Hans appears. He accuses Albrecht of lying and shows the Count’s sword as proof. Giselle refuses to believe it. Then Hans blows the hunting horn and before the embarrassed Count his fiancée appears. Giselle is in despair. She loses her reason and dies. 

Act II 
It is midnight. Hans has come to Giselle’s grave. The Wilis appear – the ghosts of brides who died before their weddings – and frighten him. They emerge from their graves with a passion to dance the way they could not when still alive and anyone who happens to be in the graveyard at the time must dance till they drop dead. Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis, summons Giselle’s soul from her tomb and initiates her into their order. 
Count Albrecht comes to his beloved’s grave. His grief and despair touch Giselle. She forgives Albrecht. 
The Wilis force Hans to dance until he is exhausted and, spinning round, throw him into the lake. The same fate awaits Albrecht. Myrtha forces him to dance. Giselle begs Myrtha to set Albrecht free but Myrtha is unmoved. Dawn breaks. With the rise of the sun the Wilis lose their power. Albrecht is saved. Giselle bids farewell to her beloved – this time forever...

 

Adolphe Adam "Giselle" (fantastic ballet in two acts) 
Characters

Giselle - a young, pretty seamstress with a weak heart who falls in love with Albrecht.

Albrecht - the romantic hero. A prince who is in love with Giselle but is engaged to Bathilde.

Hilarion - the village gamekeeper who is in love with Giselle.

Berthe - Giselle's mother.

Wilred - Albrecht's squire.

Bathilde - Albrecht's fiancee.

Myrta - the queen of the wilis.







Schedule for Adolphe Adam "Giselle" (Fantasy ballet in two acts) 2022


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