Posted 25 February 2011 - 09:26 PM
As I wrote earlier, my case was quite the opposite, for which I had never seen a Giselle before coming to US without the opening second act scene with the hunters playing dice and being scared away by the willis before Myrtha's appearance, so I was surprised to find it erased from all the productions I started to see over here. On the other side, and getting a little OT, I would like to know if a deep reconstruction/recreation of the original could ever be done, including some real rare sequences, like the very final scene with the returning of Willfrid and Bathilde to the stage and the "passing" of Albretch to his fiancée by Giselle, or a recreation of the Act I Minkus PDD-(now that it seems that no notation of it exists)-or the validation of the real music-(the fast tempo one, still preserved in the Skeaping-for-Alonso Cuban staging)-again on the last scene-(please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember from this board that the slow version was done later one for Anna Pavlova) or even the little early change on the choreography-(again in the last scene and narrated by Beaumont in "The Ballet Called Giselle")- which describes that instead of Giselle returning to the graveyard, Albrecht gently carries her away from it and lowers her down on the ground, in the middle of some greenery where she disappears. Also, I don't know if the PNB's reconstruction will address one detail that I think gets a little confusing, which is that in many productions the impression of the first encounter onstage of Giselle and Loys seems to give the audience the idea that this is their very first ...that they have never interact before. Then, in that case, the gesture of Hilarion when he first shows up pointing out to Loys' hut and miming that the guy is his enemy wouldn't make sense, neither the fact that Albrecht/Loys has obviously been in his hut-(almost nearby to Giselle's)-before, and so speaking of a situation that has been going on for a while.