The “Giselle” ballet technical excellence, grace and lyricism
“Giselle” is a two-act ballet, with music by Adolphe Adam, books by Jules-Henri Vernoua de Saint-Georges and Theophilus Gautier, choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.
The full title of the work is Giselle ou les Wilis. It was written in 1841 and is considered one of the first romantic ballets by the few at the time, and is played with great success today. The heroine Giselle is a young peasant, trying to protect her boyfriend from the evil female spirits.
Giselle’s role is one of the most difficult in ballet as it requires technical excellence, grace, lyricism and dramatic ballerina skills. All the great dancers have put their pen in the role of “Giselle” as the first Carlotta Grisi, Anna Pavlova, Galina Ulanova, Margot Fonteyn, Natalia Besmertnona, Alina Kogiokarou, etc. In the role of Albrecht, Lucien Petipa and Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Michael Lavrofski, Vladimir Vasiliev and Vladimir Malakoff are distinguished.