The mystical legend about dead brides, retold by the 19th-century German poet Heinrich Heine, has become a masterpiece of world ballet art, thanks to the soulful music written by A. Adam and the choreographic genius of M. Petipa, who created the reference version of the ballet Giselle.
The drama and emotionality, lyricism and musicality of the performance, covered with a halo of mystery, make the viewer empathize with the characters from the first notes to the last chord.
“Clothed in wedding gowns crowned with flowers… irresistibly beautiful, the Wilis dance in the light of the moon, dancing more passionately and faster, the more they feel that the hour given to them for dancing is running out, and they must again descend into their cold as ice, graves…” (G. Heine).
Performer: St. Petersburg Ballet troupe
The ballet is accompanied by the Olympic Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor – Alexander Golikov, Dmitry Nozdrachev.
Romantic ballet in two acts.
Music: Adolf Adam.
Libretto: Vernoy Saint-Georges. Theophile Gauthier.
Choreography: Marius Petipa.
Costume designer: Vyacheslav Okunev.
The duration of the performance is 2 hours 10 minutes.
The young Count Albert is in love with the village girl Giselle. Afraid to scare her away with his title, he meets with her, dressing up as a peasant youth, while forgetting that he has a bride, Bathilda, who is of the same class as him. Giselle loves him back.
Hans, a local forester, also in love with Giselle, arranges the exposure of the count in the presence of Giselle and Bathilde.
Giselle, unable to bear the deceit, loses her mind and dies.
Wilis - ghosts of brides who died before the wedding, seek to overtake lost travelers in the cemetery. They come across Hans, who came to the grave of Giselle, exhausted by remorse. The Wilis circle him in a ghostly round dance, and he falls to the ground without breathing.
The same fate awaits the inconsolable Albert, but the shadow of Giselle that has appeared, retaining selfless love, protects and saves Albert from the wrath of the vilis..
About the St. Petersburg Ballet:
St. Petersburg Ballet under the direction of Dmitry Rudachenko is always excellent, professional quality of performance, magnificent costumes and scenery, live energy of youth and delight. The team constantly performs at the leading theatrical and concert venues in St. Petersburg, is actively touring in Russia, Europe and China, the geography of the team's touring performances is huge. In addition to classical performances - "The Nutcracker", "Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake", "Giselle" and "Chopiniana", - the troupe's repertoire includes modern productions of young choreographers, the team holds a huge number of concerts with the participation of world-class ballet stars such as Vladimir Shklyarov , Victoria Tereshkina, Igor Kolb and many others.
"St. Petersburg Ballet" was created in 2011 with the aim of introducing ballet connoisseurs around the world to young stars of classical dance. The famous choreographer Nikolai Boyarchikov, People's Artist of Russia, professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, laureate of the State Prize and the Golden Soffit Prize, had a huge influence on the formation of the team. Now the troupe regularly performs on the stage of the Hermitage Theatre, the Theater. Komissarzhevskaya and other famous theater venues in St. Petersburg.
The St. Petersburg Ballet is headed by a young and talented artistic director Dmitry Rudachenko. ARB graduate. Vaganova Dmitry worked as a leading soloist at the Maly Opera and Ballet Theater. Mussorgsky (now the Mikhailovsky Theatre). A few years ago, he began to prepare artists for international professional competitions and took up teaching activities. The director of the troupe is Dmitry Khotko, the teacher and tutor is Ekaterina Volkova-Arsentieva.
The ensemble's repertoire includes classical performances of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle and Chopiniana. In addition, the St. Petersburg Ballet today releases contemporary productions by such young choreographers as Konstantin Keihel, laureate of international festivals. The permanent composition of the troupe is 70 artists.
Among the leading soloists of the troupe are the subtle and lyrical star of the Mikhailovsky Theater, the brilliant Elena Kotsyubira and the expressive Honored Artist of Russia Margarita Rudina from the Yekaterinburg Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, who is distinguished by special artistry. "St. Petersburg Ballet" constantly cooperates with the Academy of Russian Ballet. Vaganova and the Perm Choreographic School, provides an opportunity to get stage practice for the most talented students and graduates.
Leading soloists of the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky theatres, the Bolshoi Theater and the Theater named after I. Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko: Andrey Yakhnyuk, Tatyana Tkachenko, Fuad Mamedov, Antonina Chapkina, Boris Zhurilov, Veronika Ignatieva, Kirill Safin, Mikhail Tkachuk, Denis Klimuk, Elizaveta Barkalova, Svetlana Svinko, Astkhig Oganesyan, Maria Ilyushkina, Renata Shakirova, Vsevolod Mayevsky , Ekaterina Chebykina - which gives the viewer the opportunity to get acquainted with the work of the ballet stars of Moscow, St. Petersburg, as well as with foreign artists.
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