The mystical legend of the dead brides, retold by the 19th century German poet Heinrich Heine, has become a masterpiece of world ballet art, thanks to the soulful music written by A. Adam and the choreographic genius of M. Petipa, who created the reference version of the ballet “Giselle.”
The drama and emotionality, lyricism and musicality of the performance, surrounded by an aura of mystery, make the viewer empathize with the characters from the first notes to the last chord.
“Dressed in wedding dresses, crowned with flowers... the irresistibly beautiful Wilis dance in the light of the moon, they dance the more passionately and quickly the more they feel that the hour given to them for dancing is running out, and they must again descend into their ice-cold, graves..." (G. Heine).
In the performance, along with classical scenery and costumes, multimedia scenery is used in the form of projections on the walls of the theater. This design enhances the emotionality and drama of the plot, allowing the viewer, being in the epicenter of what is happening, to receive new aesthetic sensations.
Performer: St. Petersburg Ballet Company
The ballet is accompanied by the Olympic Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor – Alexander Golikov, Dmitry Nozdrachev.
Digital scenery: Art studio "Veter".
Artist, director: Daria Kotyukh.
Artist: Tatyana Vasilyeva.
Video director: Stanislav Stepanov, Dmitry Ermolin.
Romantic ballet in two acts.
Music: Adolf Adam.
Libretto: Vernois Saint-Georges. Théophile Gautier.
Choreography: Marius Petipa.
Costume designer: Vyacheslav Okunev.
The duration of the performance is 2 hours 10 minutes.
Age restrictions 6+
The young Count Albert is in love with the village girl Giselle. Afraid of scaring her off with his title, he meets with her, dressing up as a peasant youth, while forgetting that he has a fiancée, Bathilda, who is of the same class as him. Giselle reciprocates his feelings.
Hans, a local forester, also in love with Giselle, arranges for the count to be exposed in the presence of Giselle and Bathilda.
Giselle, unable to bear the deception, loses her mind and dies.
Wilis, the ghosts of brides who died before the wedding, strive to overtake lost travelers in the cemetery. They come across Hans, who came to Giselle’s grave, tormented by remorse. The Wilis spin him around in a ghostly dance, and he falls to the ground without breathing.
The same fate awaits the inconsolable Albert, but the shadow of Giselle that appears, preserving selfless love, protects and saves Albert from the wrath of the Wilis..
About the group "St. Petersburg Ballet":
“St. Petersburg Ballet” under the direction of Dmitry Rudachenko is always excellent, professional quality of performance, magnificent costumes and scenery, lively energy of youth and delight. The group constantly performs at leading theater and concert venues in St. Petersburg, conducts active touring activities in Russia, Europe and China, the geography of the group's touring performances is enormous. In addition to classical performances - “The Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake”, “Giselle” and “Chopiniana” - the company’s repertoire includes modern productions by young choreographers, the team holds a huge number of concerts with the participation of world-class ballet stars such as Vladimir Shklyarov , Victoria Tereshkina, Igor Kolb and many others.
The St. Petersburg Ballet was created in 2011 with the goal of introducing ballet lovers around the world to young stars of classical dance. The famous choreographer Nikolai Boyarchikov, People's Artist of Russia, professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, laureate of the State Prize and the Golden Sofit Prize, had a huge influence on the formation of the ensemble. Now the troupe regularly performs on the stage of the Hermitage Theater, the Theatre. Komissarzhevskaya and other famous theater venues in St. Petersburg.
The St. Petersburg Ballet is headed by a young and talented artistic director Dmitry Rudachenko. Graduate of ARB named after. Vaganova Dmitry worked as a leading soloist at the Maly Opera and Ballet Theater. Mussorgsky (current Mikhailovsky Theater). Several years ago I began preparing artists for international professional competitions and began teaching. The director of the troupe is Dmitry Khotko, the teacher and tutor is Ekaterina Volkova-Arsentyeva.
The group's repertoire includes classical performances "The Nutcracker", "Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake", "Giselle" and "Chopiniana". In addition, the St. Petersburg Ballet today produces modern productions by such young choreographers as Konstantin Keichel, a laureate of international festivals. The permanent composition of the troupe is 70 artists.
Among the leading soloists of the troupe are the subtle and lyrical star of the Mikhailovsky Theater, the brilliant Elena Kotsyubira, and the expressive Honored Artist of Russia Margarita Rudina from the Yekaterinburg Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, who distinguished herself