Giselle, with choreography by Marius Petipa, (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot) is the most celebrated ballet of the romantic era, and a perennial favourite that continues to move audiences all around the world, with its combination of dramatic acting, virtuous technique and ethereal beauty. This new production is by Rachel Beaujean, Head of Artistic Staff of the Dutch National Ballet and former ballerina, and Ricardo Bustamante, Assistant Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet and formerly principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Both have danced principal roles in Giselle, Beaujean as Myrtha and Bustamante as Albrecht, and they have brought their passion for this ballet to this new production. They have based their Giselle on the original version by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, but have added new choreography and a fresh view of the story.
The atmospheric sets and costumes for this new production are by Toer van Schayk, who sets the ballet at the end of the eighteenth century, predating the time of the original premiere. Van Schayk has designed many of the Dutch National Ballet’s most successful productions including Nutcracker & Mouse King and Romeo and Juliet.
The cast includes Russian ballerina Anna Tsygankova as Giselle (a rising star formerly of the Bolshoi Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet and Vienna State Opera), and Jozef Varga as Albrecht (formerly of the Czech Ballet and Zurich Ballet).
Adolphe Adam’s score is performed live by Holland Symfonia conducted by Boris Gruzin.
Dutch National Ballet’s new production of Giselle was recorded in February 2009 at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam in High Definition and Surround Sound.
Bonus material includes interviews with:
Anna Tsygankova – Giselle
Jozef Varga – Albrecht
Igone de Jongh – Myrtha
Jan Zerer – Hilarion
Rachel Beaujean & Ricardo Bustamante – production and additional choreography
Dutch National Ballet is a truly international company. Many of its dancers appear regularly with the major dance companies of the world, including The Royal Ballet, Kirov Ballet, San Francisco Ballet etc. The company is renowned for its artistic flair, the exceptional technical ability of its dancers, and its ability to switch between modern and classical works with ease.
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