Giselle ballet 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The world renowned Mariinsky (Kirov) ballet dancers are superbly skilled,
particularly for romantic-era ballets like Giselle, which premiered in Paris in
The two-act ballet is a tale of impossible love, set in a strictly
stratified society, between a fragile, innocent common girl and a prince who
passes by her village ahead of his royal family's hunting trip. Blinded by
instantaneous love he pledges eternal devotion to her. However soon she finds
out his true identity and realizes that he is way out of her league and doesn’t
intend to keep his vows. Stricken with sorrow she goes mad and dies
The remorseful prince visits her grave at night and is
surrounded by dozens of Willies – spirits of betrayed bridesto- be – who take
revenge on men by forcing them to dance till they perish.
Giselle supports him until sunrise and in doing so, saves the life of her lover
who wronged her.
Ballerina Viktoria Tereshkina in the lead role was
perfect for the period’s specific style – with strong feet work and supple upper
body and arms – but her dramatic qualities and vivacious youth didn’t shine
through. Prince Albrecht, portrayed by the young Evgeny Ivanchenko, had very
strong technique and princely beauty but his star quality got dimmed that
In the end, too many empty seats and too many small slips on stage
made for hesitant applause.