I went to see this last night and i was thrilled. Since I'm a ballet newbie and this is pretty much my first post, I'll make a few quick observations and would love if anyone could chime in or explain things that i didnt get.
First of all, this was my second Giselle, having seen the Cuban national ballet a couple of years ago. The only thing I remember clearly about the cuban version is how totally creeepy the Willis entrance was: unbelievably fluid bourrés (?) across the stage. Now yesterday, I only had eyes for Osipova and she blew me away. I have watched her a few times on youtube but it was always in jumpy, happy things like Don Q or Coppelia. I was wondering how she would do in something so dramatic... So, first act, she was a jumpy happy girl but she conveyed a frenzied quality, like trying to squeeze happines out of life while she still can. When she danced for Bathilde she ended with a series of turns (tour piqué?) that were unbelievably fast and crisp. Ans speaking of jumpy, next to her, some dancers looked positively clunky!
Second act, when Giselle is summoned from her grave by the Willis, she did a series of jumping turns (no idea what to call them) that werre positively freaky; she looked possessed! Can anyone comment on this? Later, when she danced with Acosta, she was so fluid, and floaty, it sometimes looked as if her arms would come off and just float away on their own and disslove into mist... she looked dead, she looked heartbroken and I was very impressed with dramatic quality. Sometimes she moved very slow, sometimes she was quite still yet it was always very expressive...
I'm very much looking forward to seeing other people's comments on this performance.