Program


Giselle

Giselle

Ballet in three acts

Premiered in 1841, Giselle is perhaps the sole Romantic ballet that continues to be performed on every major ballet stage in the world today. The plot originates from a German legend: the wilis are brides who died before their weddings. They rise from their graves at midnight to haunt the moonlit valleys, and woe to those whom they entice to dance with them! They'll be mercilessly danced to death! As librettist Théophile Gautier put it, “The ballet came to be intimately and fertilely pervaded by everything that is mysterious, remote and unearthly.” In this fairy tale-like story, Giselle's supernatural existence after dying of a broken heart serves as the vehicle for depicting the tensions that develop between men and women, making this one of the most complex and difficult leading roles in the history of ballet. The work imposes strenuous technical demands on all of the performers: only the very finest dancers of classical ballet are capable of credibly reflecting Giselle's etherealness, the impetuosity of the male characters and the delicate movements of the wilis.
This work is being presented in the “Moscow version” created by legendary Russian choreographer Leonid Lavrovsky, as interpreted by the artists of the Hungarian National Ballet.

Cast

Giselle
Tanykpayeva Aliya / Pokhodnykh Ellina / Balaban Cristina
Count Albrecht, Bathilde
Timofeev Dmitry / Leblanc Gergely / Balázsi Gergő Ármin
Hilarion, a forester
Kekalo Iurii / Radziush Mikalai / Melnyk Vladyslav
Peasant pas de deux female
Lee Yourim / Takamori Miyu / Pap Adrienn
Peasant pas de deux male
Morimoto Ryosuke / Taravillo Mahillo Carlos / Lagunov Ievgen
Bertha, mother of Giselle
Riedl Ágnes / Weisz Sára / Gyarmati Zsófia
Wilfrid, friend of Albrecht
Kovtun Maksym / Cottonaro Gaetano / Taravillo Mahillo Carlos
Bathilde, the daughter of the prince
Starostina Kristina / Papp Zsuzsanna / Arany Csilla
The prince
 
Szigeti Gábor / Melnyk Vladyslav / Szakács Attila
Myrtha, the queen of the Wilis
 
Ivanova-Skoblikova Sofia / Furuhashi-Huber Inès / Földi Lea
Two Wilis
 
Omarova Adema / Konstantinova Anastasiia / Chernakova Olga / Sorokina Nadezhda / Sharipova Elena / Golovyna Yuliya

 

Credits

Conductor: Coleman David / Thomas Herzog
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Leonyid Lavrovszkij
Libretto: Théophile Gautier
Set designer: Csikós Attila
Costume designer: Vágó Nelly
Répétiteur: Mihail Lavrovszkij
Company répétiteurs: Radina Dace / Venekei Marianna / Pongor Ildikó / Kövessy Angéla / Dózsa Imre / Aradi Mária

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