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Question #11: Is Hilarion a good guy, or a bad guy?


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:12 AM



Would it be fair to say that most contemporary versions of Giselle present Hilarion in Act 2 as holding a solitary vigil at Giselle's grave, whereas older versions of the ballet tended to present Hilarion in the company of others at Giselle's grave? And does the image of a solitary and forlorn Hilarion tend to make the character more sympathetic?

Coincidentally, I've been watching the Teatro Alla Scala DVD with Zakharova and Bolle (which is worth getting, by the way). Act 2 opens with Hilarion alone at the grave. Then five of what seem to be his friends enter on the other side; they appear to be horsing around, drinking, etc. They try to pull Hilarion away from the grave to join them, but he pushes them away. Then the friends seem to hear something and force Hilarion to run off with them. But Hilarion does appear very sympathetic in that scene, especially as he seemed so vindictive and bitter in Act 1. This was recorded in a live performance in 2005, with a 2011 release date on the DVD, but I don't see information on when they did this staging.


Thank you! I added it to my Amazon order, along w/ Teatro alla Scala's Raymonda (pre-order).

You might also like the Teatro alla Scala La Bayadere with Zakharova and Bolle. I was mainly interested in Bolle, as he's doing so little with ABT at the Met this spring. This was staged by Makarova, who takes bows at the end. It was recorded in live performance in 2006.

I haven't seen their Raymonda, but will have to look. I have the Bolshoi Raymonda (with Semenyaka) and love it.

PS. Be sure to order through the Ballet Alert Amazon box so they get some revenue from it.


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