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I have seen a number of Russian Giselles, mainly in Catherine the Great's Hermitage theatre in St Petersburg. The scenery is always the same, with a wooded path in the background overlooked by a shadowy Rhine castle most resembling the Marksburg. In front is Giselle's cottage to the left and a hunting lodge opposite. This 1990 performance, with choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, comes from the Moscow Bolshoi at a time when Russia was resigning as a superpower but before that noble theatre was involved in the cash problems that have since threatened its standards and indeed closed the building itself for essential structural repairs.

The death of Giselle at the end of Act 1. DVD screenshot © 2003 EuroArts Music International GmbH
The death of Giselle at the end of Act 1. DVD screenshot © 2003 EuroArts Music International GmbH

 

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Copyright © 23 August 2006 Robert Anderson, London UK

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