Giselle is amongst the most famous names in ballet, having been performed all over the world since it was first put together and staged in 1841. Since then it has had a rocky journey, but its legacy has been sealed as the years have gone by so that today, it is a show that regularly appears at the London Coliseum and never ceases to attract eager ballet enthusiasts who relish in the glorious dance moves on display. But when the ballet appears at the venue in 2010 it will be presented by one of the most prestigious Companies in Russia – the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
Giselle is a story of love, loss and death as the title character is madly in love with the dashing Duke Albrecht. Together they live in a peaceful village where life seems to be going well. But it cannot last. The man she has placed her trust in betrays her and with her feeling of desperation and heartbreak she decides to take her own life, sending her straight to the afterlife and setting in motion a shocking series of events. Back on Earth Albrecht feels deep regret for his actions, but he is about to pay the price as spirits from beyond the grave, with Giselle unsure whether to join them or save him, condemning him to death.
The current version of Giselle which is seen around the world is based on the 1884 version from Marius Petipa, which had taken elements of the original 1841 version and became the standardised edition. It meant that between the original premiere and the 1884 classic, Giselle struggled to find an audience, but since that day has become one of the integral parts of the ballet world.
So it is with great pleasure, no doubt, that the Mikhailovsky Theatre Company take on this classic work. The group is in fact older than the ballet itself, having been created in the 1830s by the Russian Tsar and becoming one of the most prestigious Companies in all of Russia. Recent years have seen them stage many acclaimed productions at home and in the United Kingdom and with Giselle they are likely to repeat this success once again.
Giselle appears at the London Coliseum for two performances on Thursday 15th July 2010 and Friday 16th July 2010.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 15th June 2010|
|Booking Until:||Wednesday, 16th June 2010|
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