The Bolshoi Ballet troupe in Yuri Grigorovich’s version of the romantic masterpiece 'Giselle', at last available in HD. First performed in 1841, 'Giselle' was an immediate hit. With music by Adolphe Adam and a libretto by Théophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, the ballet touches on the great romantic themes: local colour, a pastoral love affair doomed to end in tragedy, a plunge into fantasy and redemption through the power of love. Learning that Albrecht, her beloved, is in fact a nobleman engaged to be married to a princess, the naive peasant girl Giselle dies. The Queen of the Wilis – the spirits of deceased young virgins– decides that Albrecht should follow Giselle to the grave, and condemns him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. But Giselle’s spirit dances with him and saves him. Composer Adolphe Adam owes his reputation to this archetypal, richly melodic Romantic ballet. As Giselle, Svetlana Lunkina is simply sensational. Her Albrecht is the iconically noble dancer Dmitri Gudanov. And the cast is perfectly rounded off by Maria Allash as the Queen of the Wilis. The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra is conducted by Pavel Klinichev.
Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa
Choreographic version Yuri Grigorovich
Designer Simon Virsaladze
Svetlana Lunkina (Giselle), Dmitry Gudanov (Count Albrecht), Vitaly Biktimirov (Hans), Elena Bukanova (Berthe), Ekaterina Barykina (Bathilde), Alexey Loparevich (Duke), Vladislav Lantratov (Wilfreed), Yulia Grebenshchikova, Anna Okuneva, Anna Tikhomirova, Ana Turazashvili, Maria Vinogradova, Angelina Vlashinets (Giselle’s friends), Maria Allash (Myrtha, the Queen of Wilis), Olga Kishnyova, Victoria Osipova (Two Wilis) & Chinara Alizade, Andrey Bolotin (Peasant Pas de Deux)
Bolshoi Ballet Company & Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Pavel Klinichev