A preview in the Salt Lake Tribune of Ballet West's upcoming "Giselle":
Ballet West re-stages beloved 'Giselle'
Young brides jilted before their weddings, dead of broken hearts. Vengeful spirits floating out of graves at midnight. Young men ensnared, then forced to dance themselves to death.
Yes, the legend of the Wilis has the makings of a great Romantic ballet -- "Giselle."
Ballet West brings "Giselle" to Salt Lake City's Capitol Theatre, starting Friday. The production is a major event for several reasons: The famous ballet has been newly staged by Ballet West artistic director Jonas Kage after choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. It introduces Utah audiences to a gifted Russian dancer who might become part of Ballet West's company. And there is "Giselle" itself -- one of the most beloved and influential ballets ever created.
On opening night, the role of Giselle will be danced by Maggie Wright, Ballet West's most experienced principal ballerina. Her Albrecht will be Stanislav Belyaevsky, a guest artist with an impressive list of European credentials. Ballet West typically does not bring in guest artists, but Belyaevsky is a special case. Kage is considering him for membership in the company, and Belyaevsky is considering Ballet West. The guest-artist arrangement allows Kage and Belyaevsky to answer their questions about each other.
Belyaevsky began his career at the world-famous Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was a principal dancer. He first performed the role of Albrecht with the Kirov while still in his teens, a professional coup.