Catalogue No: DVWW-BLGISS
Shop Product Code: 2541349
Teatro alla Scala, 2005
Corpo di Ballo ed Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
Choreography: Jean Coralli & Jules Perrot
Picture Format: 16:9, 1 DVD
Sound Format: LPCM stereo, DD 5.1, DLT 5.1
Running Time: 105 mins
Region Code: NTSC All
Booklet Languages: GB, F, D
Cat. No: DVWW-BLGISS
From La Scala comes a new staging of an archetypical Romantic ballet on DVD: The 2005 Production of Giselle featuring the original version of the choreography Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.
First performed at the Academie Royale de Musique in Paris in 1841 as a two-act “ballet-pantomime”, Giselle is hailed by ballet historians as the apotheosis of the Romantic ballet. The ballet was conceived by the influential French poet, author, critic and possibly the greatest champion of the Romantic ballet, Theophile Gautier, who, together with Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges wrote the scenario that was the basis of Adolphe Adam’s score.
It divides into a vivid first act with enchanting country dances, colourful costumes and grand scenes, and a “white” second act with long, symmetric lines of white ballerinas in the background while Giselle lures her partner into soulful pas de deux.
In the present performance, Giselle is danced by Svetlana Zakharova, a native of the Ukraine, who grew up in the tradition of St Petersburg’s Maryinsky Ballet and is now one of the youngest ballerinas at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, where her predecessors include Galina Ulanova, one of the leading Giselles in the history of ballet. Her partner as Albrecht is Roberto Bolle, the star dancer at La Scala.
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