After its great success in Paris, ‘Giselle’ returned in Milan, it is onstage until April 17. The romantic ballet is still attracting Italian and international audience. The corps de ballet was very successful in its tour in Oman, Brasil, Hong Kong, and the French audience was enthusiastic about it, they gave excellent feedbacks to solo artists and the whole corps. It has been 13 years since the company did its last tour.
There are twelve shows in April and there are going to be more news, in addition, great people have returned in the past shows and others will return in the followiing: the beloved Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle, opened the show on April 4, 7 and 9. On April 10 and 11, a new couple is opening the show, Natalia Osipova – who has never played Giselle before – and her partner is Sergei Poulonin, who is principal at the Royal Ballet and is now at Stanislavskij-Nemirovic-Dancenko in Moscow and at the Teatro d’Opera e Balletto di Novosibirsk. On April 12 and 16, there are new debuts: Maria Eichwald, who was applauded in The Nutcracker, her partner is Claudio Coviello. Nicoletta Manni, Virna Toppi, Alessandra Vassallo and Antonina Chapkina – who is debuting – will perform Myrtha’s role. Mick Zeni, Alessandro Grillo, Marco Agostino, Massimo Garon and Christian Fagetti are performing the game warden Hilarion.
Giselle is considered the symbol of classic and Romantic ballet, Théophile Gautier, a French novelist, created it; it was set to music as soon as the libretto was finished by Adolphe-Charles Adam, one of the most famous composer of ballet music. Jean Coralli created the choreography, although Jules Perrot looked after the ballet dancers. This ballet is divided in two acts; the first act explores Giselle’s experiences and culminates in her death; the second act concerns the legend of the Wilis – Slavic spirits – and Giselle’s love for Albrecht leading her to saving his life, which is the main cause of her death.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa