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XVIII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY The Stars of the White Nights 2019
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06 December 2018 (Thu), 19:30 World famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera - established 1783 - Stars of the Stars  Classical Ballet Adolphe Adam "Giselle" (fantastic ballet in two acts)

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (till 22:15)

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Adolphe Adam "Giselle" (fantastic ballet in two acts) 2018/2019

Dancer: Elena Yevseyeva
Musical Director: Valery Ovsyanikov

Composer: Adolphe Adam
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Composer: Sergei Slonimsky
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Jules Perrot
Set Designer: Igor Ivanov
Costume Designer: Irina Press
Choreography: Jean Coralli

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

fantastic ballet in 3 acts

World premiere: 28 June 1841, Theatre de l`Academie Royal de Musique, Paris
Premiere in Russia: 18 December 1842 Bolshoi Theatre
Premiere of this production: 5 February 1884, Bolshoi Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia

Sweep up into the romance of Giselle and her story - the heart-rending tale of love.
This version of Giselle is the same that’s been performed in the Mariinsky, by the Kirov ballet, since 1884. This is history dancing, in its birthplace.
The scenery is charming and costumes are gorgeous! Giselle just like a feather dancing on the breeze. This production is unforgettable!

Giselle (French: Giselle ou les Wilis) is a ballet in two acts with a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Theophile Gautier, music by Adolphe Adam, and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. The librettist took his inspiration from a poem by Heinrich Heine. The ballet tells the story of a lovely peasant girl named Giselle who has a passion for dancing, and when she finds out the man she loves is engaged to someone else she dies of a broken heart.

Libretto: Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Theophile Gautier and Jean Coralli 


Giselle is arguably the most mystical ballet in the repertoire today. Let’s start with the fact that its libretto is based on a fantastical story about a love that overcomes the barriers between two worlds. It is a story in which the young heroine, dying from a broken heart, mysteriously hears the call of ghosts tempting her to join their round dance, and having become one of them she saves the lover who betrayed her. In the era of romanticism, the apogee of searches in ballet came with Giselle which was created in 1841, and tales of other worlds were well familiar to audiences. Giselle, too, was an ideal embodiment of a romantic dual world where the living energy in scenes from real life in Act I is contrasted with the bewitching incorporeality of the dance of the wilis in Act II. It was not without the influence of this popular production that that the subsequent ballet repertoire was enriched with different shadows, nymphs and other inhabitants of visions. Besides the plot, the history of the ballet is also full of enigmatic transformations. These transformations may not always be mystical, often they are easily explicable in terms of logic, but they are reminiscent of a detective investigation as an attempt to establish those who created the ballet and their share of the input into creating the masterpiece Giselle, and they have ensured the fame of this incredibly mysterious ballet.

Even before the premiere there were legends surrounding the ballet, conceived by the fashionable Parisian news-maker, the litterateur Théophile Gautier, the popular and handsome dancer Lucien Petipa who rehearsed at the Opéra de Paris and the rising star of the ballet world Carlotta Grisi. The success of the dances, ascribed on Paris playbills to the choreographer Jean Coralli, brought Giselle to theatres in cities throughout Europe, including St Petersburg. Over time, in St Petersburg the choreographer Marius Petipa revised these dances to suit his own taste. The production today remains Petipa’s version. In the early 20th century it was performed by St Petersburg dancers in Diaghilev’s company in Paris, where by that time people had already forgotten about the erstwhile incredible glory of this masterpiece. The transformed Giselle once again enchanted audiences. And later researchers wove a story of a romantic relationship into the story of the romantic production, surmising that the creation of the ballet in Paris had included the involvement of Jules Perrot, the husband of the first performer of the title role, known to many from – alas – now lost productions. The list of choreographers who created Gisellebrought together three great masters. And the transformation of the surname of the ballet’s composer Adolphe Adam to “Adan” on Soviet playbills continued the train of intriguing metamorphoses of Giselle.

In the 20th century the St Petersburg blueprint of Giselle came to be in great demand and a venerable guest production at many theatres across the globe. A greeting from the age of romanticism, this ballet has come to be an encyclopaedia of performance skill. Judging by interpretations of the lead roles offered by outstanding dancers from different countries and generations, one can study the dynamism of artistic trends and aesthetic preferences of different times. For many performers this production has been an exam of their capacity as an actor, and for a second century now audiences are captivated by the touching and dramatic story of a great love, told using the ideal harmony of classical dance. 
Olga Makarova


Act I 
The action takes place in an old German town at the start of the last century but one. Night is falling. It is Christmas Eve and the streets are busy and festive. Drosselmeyer, an eccentric inventor and toy maker loved by children, is among those invited to see the Christmas tree at the large, brightly lit house of Herr Stahlbaum.
The drawing room in Herr Stahlbaum´s house is beautifully decorated. The guests assemble. Drosselmeyer enters carrying presents.
The party is ready to start. The children rush in.
There is a game of blind man´s buff and Drosselmeyer takes part. He is blindfolded. Masha, Herr Stahlbaum´s young daughter, is the first to be caught.
After the games, there is dancing. Now dressed as a magician, Drosselmeyer does magic tricks and puts on a puppet show–The Mouse King Wishes to Kidnap the Princess, but the Courageous Nutcracker Kills the Mouse King and Saves the Princess.
Drosselmeyer´s ideas seem inexhaustible. He makes clockwork toys including a clown, a doll and a blackmail dance for the children. The Nutcracker, however, is Masha´s favourite.
Franz takes the Nutcracker from Masha and the head comes off in his hands. Drosselmeyer quickly mends the Nutcracker. Masha cuddles and comforts her damaged favourite. It is late and the guests must depart. The party comes to an end with some dances.
Masha says goodnight to the Nutcracker and the candles on the tree are extinguished. Masha´s nanny takes her to bed.

Act II 
Masha goes to bed and falls asleep. She dreams that mice have taken over the drawing room. They are headed by the Mouse King.
The Nutcracker leads the tin soldiers in the attack. Masha follows him. Overcoming her fear, she throws her slipper at the Mouse King at a decisive point in the battle, thus saving the Nutcracker. The Mouse King has been defeated and disappears together with his troops.
Drosselmeyer turns Masha and the Nutcracker into a beautiful Prince and Princess. They are caught up in a blizzard and their journey to a fairy-tale land begins.

Act III 
Masha and the Nutcracker are sailing along a magical river. The Nutcracker drives away some bats and clears the way to an enchanted island.
Celebrations begin. Masha and the Nutcracker are delighted. They dance and celebrate with the others.

Masha is asleep in bed. It will soon be morning. Her magical dream is over. Masha awakes.


Peter Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker" (ballet in two acts) 

Stahlbaum, medical councilor

His Wife

Marie, their daughter

Fritz, brother to Marie

Drosselmeyer, legal councilor and godfather to Marie and Fritz

The Nutcracker-Doll

The Nutcracker-Prince

The Mouse King





Spanish Dolls

Indian Dolls

Chinese Dolls

Russian Dolls

French Dolls


Schedule for Adolphe Adam "Giselle" (fantastic ballet in two acts) 2018/2019

"Giselle" 3D promo (Mariinsky Theatre)
About This Video
GISELLE from the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Peterburg is the world's first ballet in 3D. Promotional video.

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