The Last Act
Posted 18 September 2002 - 09:11 AM
I've also read different versons of the libretti. Do the gods wreak vengeance, or Nikiya personally? That's a big difference.
Posted 06 November 2002 - 11:28 PM
The synopsis for act IV goes like this:
"During the ceremony, the Ghost of Nikiya followsSolor, ceaselessly reminding him of his vow. A basket of flowers is offered to gamzetti, who, horrified, remembers the murder of her rival, whose Ghost now appears before her. Frightened, Gamzetti takes refuge in the arms of her father, who orders the ceremony to be carried out faster. But a terrible storm and an earthquake swallow up the guests beneath the temple, thus making the Bayadere's curse come true. The Ghost of Nikiya then appears above the ruins of the temple, reaffirming her ethernal love for Solor"
I was particularly intrigued by the word 'the Bayadere's curse'.
This sounds like the curse was made by Nikiya(?). If this hypothesis is correct, Nikiya is not definitely just a haplessly sweet girl.
Throughout Act III and IV, Nikiya behaved herself as if a psychopathic ex-lover. I didn't feel any sympathy for her.
Posted 06 November 2002 - 11:54 PM
I'm curious, how did the 19th century look at the morality of these two characters, Giselle and Nikiya?
Posted 07 November 2002 - 04:12 AM
Posted 07 November 2002 - 06:44 AM
Well, she is dead after all. Probably suffering from posthumous-traumatic stress disorder. I'd cut her some slack.
Posted 07 November 2002 - 07:19 AM
Posted 09 November 2002 - 12:02 PM
To my mind, the difference between GISELLE and BAYADERE lies in the difference between Bathilde and Gamzatti. The former was an innocent, while the latter brought about the heroine's death.
Posted 10 November 2002 - 06:26 PM
Of course, the Ghost of a nice submissive girl and the Ghost of (sort of) an aggressive girl act differently.;)
Posted 10 November 2002 - 06:30 PM
Posted 10 November 2002 - 07:47 PM
As we now see and play them, Giselle is the embodiment of forgiveness and Nikiya is becoming revenge personified. Were they always like this, and I wonder if their duality was ever noted.
Posted 11 November 2002 - 09:11 AM
Posted 11 November 2002 - 10:46 AM
Posted 11 November 2002 - 11:06 AM
Posted 07 March 2003 - 01:04 PM
Posted 07 March 2003 - 02:22 PM
This is all I can say. I might not answer your question, I haven't read the reviews on the Mariinsky forum.
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