Dance Review: Giselle

World renowned Mariinsky (Kirov) ballet dancers are superbly skilled, particularly for romantic-era ballets like Giselle, performed in Casesarea on May 21.

Giselle ballet 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
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 1841.
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 dancing.
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.
The noble 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 night.
In the end, too many empty seats and too many small slips on stage made for hesitant applause.