A full-length ballet in two acts, Giselle features music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Marius Petipa. Giselle was first seen in Moscow in 1843, just two years after its creation in Paris and a year after it was staged in St. Petersburg. The ballet’s history in Russia since that time has shown a continuous sequence of performances, with Jules Perrot—one of the great originators of the choreography—providing a basic text, which has been illuminated by the care and genius of generations of ballerinas and producers. When Giselle was forgotten everywhere else in Europe—it was dropped from the Paris Opera repertory in 1868—Russian dancers and ballet-masters preserved and honored it. The Moscow Festival Ballet’s production maintains the Russian tradition of scrupulous production and loving concern for this gem of the Romantic ballet.
The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet. Leading dancers from across Russia have forged under Radchenko’s direction an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics such as Don Quixote, Paquita, Carmen, and, of course, Giselle.
“The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body, performing a magnificent Giselle.”
– The Post and Courier; Charleston, South Carolina
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