The romantic ballet, Giselle, first seen in 1841, was the finest of the ballets staged in Paris during the age of Romanticism. Over the years Giselle disappeared from the repertory outside Russia, and has only survived through the recognition of its quality and the preservation of its traditions by the Kirov Ballet.
The role of Giselle has been compared to that of Hamlet. She is a simple peasant girl, driven from joy to madness and death through an unhappy love. She is transformed into a ghost and ordered to help destroy the man who betrayed her, while still seeking to sustain him because of her undying love.
Galina Mezentseva Konstantin Zalinsky Angelina Kabarova Anelina Kashirina Gennadi Selyutski Valentin Onoshko Vladimir Lopukhov Tatyana Terekhova Altynai Asylmuratova Olga Lyhovskaya
Music: Adolphe Adam
Orchestra of the Kirov Theatre of opera and Ballet
Conductor: Viktor Fedotov
Choreography: Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot revised by Marius Petipa
Production staged by: Oleg Vinogradov
Set Design: I.I. Press and V.A. Okunev
Audio Director: Roy Emerson
Lighting Director: Chris Bartlett-Judd
Directed for video by Preben Montell
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