Ballet performance by the Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company, featuring the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.
Choreography: Jean Coralli – Jules Perrot
Choreographic restaging: Yvette Chauviré
Music: Adolphe Adam
Set and costumes design: Aleksandr Benois
Elaborated by Angelo Sala and Cinzia Rosselli
Conductor: David Coleman
Venue: Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre, Kuwait Opera House
Production: Teatro alla Scala
A tale of love, betrayal and redemption set amid joyous peasant celebrations and the pallid host of Wilis, as fascinating as they are ruthless: Giselle, the romantic ballet par excellence, continues to attract audiences with its contrast between a sunny world and a dark and terrible kingdom inhabited by spirits. The peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht are two paradigmatic roles in the academic repertoire. As the choreography unfolds, the principals are required to vary the technical and expressive register from carefree jollity to despair, from easy-going self-assuredness to the awareness that life has no purpose without love. Giselle encompasses all the elements of the romantic ballet: La Scala’s Ballet Company will perform once again the unforgettable Coralli-Perrot choreography in the revival by Yvette Chauviré who, through her sophisticated interpretation of roles such as Giselle, has celebrated the classical tradition in all its purity. In her version of Giselle, performed at La Scala for the first time in 1950, it was Chauviré herself who starred as the ill-fated peasant girl who dreamt of love and loved to dance. And all this is enriched by the settings by Aleksandr Benois that are held in the Scala’s repertoire. Giselle, protagonist of the recent Scala seasons and international tours, is now staged as an homage to Yvette Chauviré herself, extraordinary artist recently died.