What productions of "Giselle" have you seen?
Posted 22 March 2004 - 10:38 PM
Posted 28 March 2004 - 04:29 PM
The first performances I remember clearly are of the old ABT Blair production with many different dancers - starting in the early 70ís with Fracci/Bortoluzzi, Gregory/Denard, Gregory/Nagy, DíAntuono/Kivitt, Makarova/Nagy, Makarova/Baryshnikov, Kirkland/Baryshnikov, and Tcherkassky/Nagy. I really loved that old production. I remember the first act scenery used to look kind of crowded at the State Theater, but it was such a clear, traditional production that really let the story come through. I'm so glad to have the Makarova/Baryshnikov/van Hamel tape! Then, fast forward to the 90ís. There was no staging credit for the production I saw with Ferri/Bocca or for the most recent ABT production with McKerrow & Belotserkovsky in 2002, but it seemed pretty similar to the Blair staging. I really think ABT should include it in the rep at least every other year (maybe they could give R&J a rest to make room for it!)
I also saw the Bolshoiís Lavrovsky production in 1975 with Vasiliev and a young Ludmilla Semenyaka (she was remarkable - right up there with Makarova & Kirkland as my favorite Giselles) and La Scalaís production in the early 80ís with Fracci & Nureyev.
I just saw 3 performances of MCBís Giselle with Seay/Guerra, Catoya/Ilyin and Lopez/Gamero. I thought the production was a little awkward in it's integration of mime & dancing, and the orchestration could have been better but I still found it to be a very enjoyable production and a worthy effort for a company making itís first foray into the classics. In the second act, when all the wiliís come out at Myrthaís command they are all wearing long veils that are magically whisked off & out to the wings simultaneously. I thought it was a very simple, yet effective moment.
Posted 27 June 2004 - 08:15 AM
Posted 27 June 2004 - 10:22 AM
alexandra, on May 3 2001, 04:21 PM, said:
Evdokimova danced Giselle the next week at the Met with the London Festival Ballet. She danced with Nureyev. May have been his production. Of course, there were some extra variations for Albrecht in Act I.
Surprised no one has mentioned DTH's "Giselle" which took place in Louisiana. Why not? "Manon Lescaut" ends up in Louisiana, too.
Posted 28 June 2004 - 04:04 AM
Posted 28 June 2004 - 06:27 AM
Posted 28 June 2004 - 11:05 AM
Posted 09 July 2004 - 12:10 PM
Posted 12 July 2004 - 10:14 PM
1971: Had to learn I didn't like the score or Albrecht: ABT, with Makarova, Nagy, and Gregory. (I really liked Gregory. I wanted to be Myrtha.)
1981: Had to see Nureyev once: La Scala Ballet, with Fracci, Nureyev, and Renata Calderini.
1985: Couldn't pass up the Bayou production: Dance Theater of Harlem, with Stephanie Dabney, Donald Williams, and Lorraine Graves. I thought it was a convincing setting, and I really liked Graves.
1999: Chance to see a production staged and coached by Alicia Alonso: Ballet Nacionale de Cuba: Lorna Feijoo, Oscar Torrado, Laura Horrigon (I hope I didn't misspell her name.) I fell in love with Feijoo.
2001: ABT came to Seattle only with Giselle; take it or leave it: Paloma Herrera, Ethan Stiefel, Stella Abrera.
Posted 10 October 2008 - 06:51 PM
Posted 11 October 2008 - 01:14 PM
For those with access to the latest Ballet Review (Summer 2008), there's a photo of Herrera's 2001 Giselle at Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) ... with Damian Woetzel. I'm having a hard time visualizing that particular pairing. Did anyone see it?
Posted 04 February 2009 - 06:49 AM
Sir Peter Wright's for the Royal Ballet.
David Bintley & Galina Samsova's for Birmingham Royal Ballet (again with a particularly good 2nd act).
Alicia Alonso's version for her Cuba company.
The Kirov's in a London visit a few years ago -again not sure whose version.
The interesting thing about British companies dancing this ballet is always act 2 where most of the designers & producers seem to have very definite ideas about where they want to set their white act. Bintley's set is a ruined abbey & very atmospheric. Deane's was still set in a forest, but the total effects were terrifying as he'd totally rethought the wilis make-up & posture (they closely resembled the original 1841 Paris lithographs) & it worked wonders, in fact its a shame they got rid of it.
The production I've seen the most is Peter Wright's for the RB which is perfectly pleasant, but occasionally act one can feel a bit too directed & bland as it needs a very confident performance from the Giselle to keep the dramatic momentum going.
Posted 04 February 2009 - 11:53 AM
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