Original Giselle Act IIAre the wilis in a ballroom?
Posted 29 October 2005 - 08:42 PM
Posted 30 October 2005 - 04:30 AM
The original plotline of the ballet was going to have the Wilis appear at a ballroom and enchant the floor to make the party-goers dance especially vigorously. Giselle was supposed to be a young socialite who has a weak heart and takes a chill, so dying of (apparently) a sort of congestive heart failure. They ditched this idea as being insufficiently catastrophic.
The Wilis were supposed to come from all over the world, and this device is seen vestigially in the names of the two lead Wilis, Moyna (a Russian Gypsy) and Zulma (a Bayadere).
Posted 30 October 2005 - 08:18 AM
This friend also did say there is a video that has a version constructed as mentioned above...Do you know anything about this, or where I could find it?
I have never heard of one, but always looking for new footage!
Posted 30 October 2005 - 09:28 AM
Posted 30 October 2005 - 04:03 PM
Posted 30 October 2005 - 07:07 PM
Posted 30 October 2005 - 08:04 PM
Marion Smith's "Opera and Ballet in the Age of Giselle" has a lot of detail on the age, and the balllet.
Posted 10 January 2006 - 07:41 AM
I friend of mine said that the original production of Giselle has the wilis in Act II set in a ballroom, all wearing different costumes? Is this true?
On one hand I doubt it, but on the other hand I have seen so many queer things that something like this wouln't surprise me. I would not approve it anyway.
Edited by Evelio Sierra, 10 January 2006 - 07:42 AM.
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