Saint Petersburg Classical Ballet  Giselle The organiser

Saint Petersburg Classical Ballet

Carl-Orff-Saal/Carl Orff Hall

€ 46.20 to € 57.40; reduced € 36.20 to € 47.40 (up to 12 years)

This event has been moved to December 17.

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Duration approx. 1 hour and 55 minutes with interval

Ballet in 2 acts

Music: Adolphe Adam
Libretto: Théophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
Choreography after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa
Set design: Evgeny Gurenko
Costume: Vera Poludova
Artistic director: Andrei Batalov

About the piece

Giselle is considered the archetype of romantic ballet: the apex of an era in which magical creatures, spirits and fairies populated the stage and in which the ideal image of the ballerina that endures to this day – floating on lace in a delicate tutu – was born. First performed in Paris in 1841 under the title »Giselle ou Les Wilis«, the work continues to hold its place as one of the most successful ballets of all times, offering the audience the epitome of romantic ballet with its second »white act«, flawless technique, strictly geometric forms of the corps de ballet and seemingly weightless dancers.
The Wilis from the work’s original title are the spirits of young maidens who died after being betrayed by their lovers. As the desire to dance continues to beat in the maidens’ now dead hearts, their spirits leave their graves at night to dance at crossroads. If they get hold of a living person, they dance with him until he drops dead of exhaustion. To this day, Giselle is one of the most sought-after roles for classical ballerinas.

About the ballet company

Andrey Batalov’s Saint Petersburg Classical Ballet is a young, dynamic company that continues the best traditions of Russian ballet. Directed by well-known choreographers and artists, the company comprises 50 professional dancers who graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy and other famous ballet schools in Russia and Ukraine. On its annual Christmas season tour of Europe, the Saint Petersburg Classical Ballet delights audiences with masterpieces of Russian ballet. The company’s repertoire includes classics such as Tchaikovsky’s »Swan Lake«, »Nutcracker« and »Sleeping Beauty«, A. Adam’s »Chopiniane« and »Giselle«, and L. Minkus’s »Don Quixote« and »Paquita«.

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