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XVII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY The Stars of the White Nights 2017
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18 June 2016 (Sat), 19:30 World famous Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Opera - established 1783 - Stars of the Stars  Classical Ballet Adolphe Adam "Giselle" (fantastic ballet in two acts) Tickets available only at BalletAndOpera.com

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

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for Adolphe Adam "Giselle" (fantastic ballet in two acts) 2017

Conductor: Valery Ovsyanikov
Dancer: Alina Somova
Dancer: Yekaterina Ivannikova
Dancer: Alexei Timofeyev
Dancer: Xander Parish
Dancer: Sofia Ivanova-Skoblikova
Dancer: Ivan Oskorbin

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 2 act

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

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 

 
  



Synopsis

Act I
Count Albert has fallen in love with a peasant girl, Giselle, though she is ignorant of his rank and believes him to be a simple villager staying in a nearby cottage. Giselle has another suitor, Hans, a gamekeeper, who is suspicious and jealous of Albert.
Albert arrives to court Giselle. The young loversī encounter is interrupted by Hans, who warns Giselle against trusting this unknown admirer, but Giselle does not heed his advice, and Albert drives Hans away.
The sound of horns announces the arrival of a hunting party, amongst whom are Albertīs betrothed, Princess Bathilde, and her father. By chance, they are seeking rest and refreshment in the village, and Bathilde, charmed by Giselleīs innocence and beauty, gives her a gold necklace. When the hunting party retires, the peasants begin to celebrate the new vintage, but Hans has meanwhile searched Albertīs cottage and discovered his sword, proof of his identity. At the height of the festivities, he unmasks Albert. However, Giselle does not believe her loverīs deception. Hans then summons the hunters, who bow before their Count, while Bathilde fondly greets the embarrassed young nobleman. The shock unsettles Giselleīs reason; in her madness, she relives her love for Albert and then, heartbroken, dies.

Act II 
Hans enters in sorrow. He has come at midnight to visit Giselleīs tomb in the forest, but is frightened away by the approach of the Willis, the ghosts of girls who died on the eve of their wedding; arising at night from their tombs, they will dance any man they encounter to death. Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis, summons Giselle from her tomb and initiates her into their order, but the Willis disperse at the arrival of Albert and his attendant, who are seeking Giselleīs grave.
As the young Count grieves at the tomb, Giselle appears; unbelieving, he tries to catch her, but she eludes his grasp. At last, touched by Albertīs sincere grief and despair, she forgives him.
Hans enters, pursued by the Wilis, who drive him to his death in the lake and then surround Albert, whom Myrtha insists must dance to death. He begs Myrtha for mercy, and Giselle pleads for him, but the Queen is adamant and, as Albert dances, Giselle tries to sustain him with her love.
Dawn breaks; with the daylight, the Wilisī power is at an end and they disappear, leaving Albert to bid a last farewell to Giselle.

 

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" (fantastic ballet in two acts) 2017


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


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