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Mariinsky Ballet's Alina Somova in 'Giselle' (Natasha Razina)

Mariinsky Ballet: Giselle

Boasting an artistic legacy that spans more than 200 years, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Ballet returns with the classic evening-length ballet Giselle, choreographed by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa.

  • Feb. 8 - 13, 2011
  • Opera House
  • 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • $29.00 - $150.00
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About

Mariinsky Ballet
Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director
Yuri Fateev, Deputy Director of the Ballet Company
 
Giselle
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Music by Adolphe Adam
--with the Opera House Orchestra

"This is an Imperial Russian feast to slowly savor."
--San Francisco Chronicle
 
"It is the combination of athleticism with lyricism and artistry that makes the company unique."
--Time Magazine
  
For their ninth visit in a ten-year partnership with the Kennedy Center, the great Russian company Mariinsky Ballet performs Giselle, one of their signature productions and among the most romantic and visually striking works in the classical canon. The story of a simple peasant girl who falls deeply and completely for a dashing prince disguised as a commoner, Giselle twists into a tale of betrayal and heartbreak. In the ballet blanc second act, Giselle haunts the stage with her host of vengeful Wilis, ultimately transcending death with forgiveness.
 
Like the character Giselle, Mariinsky Ballet exists today as beacon of strength, a recognizable symbol of classical dance. One of the most influential ballet companies in the world for the past 200 years, Mariinsky Ballet continues to set the standard for stage productions.

Performance Timing:  2 hours, 15 min:  Act I - 55 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act II - 50 min. 

PRINCIPAL CASTING
Tue., Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Giselle: Diana Vishneva
Alberth: Andrian Fadeyev
Hanz: Yuri Smekalov
Mirtha: Ekaterina Kondaurova
 
Wed., Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Giselle: Alina Somova  (cast change on 1/12)
Alberth: Evgeny Ivanchenko  (cast change on 1/12)
Hanz: Konstantin Zverev
Mirtha: Alexandra Iosifidi
 
Thu., Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Giselle: Viktoria Tereshkina  (cast change on 1/12)
Alberth: Vladimir Shklyarov  (cast change on 1/12)
Hanz: Yuri Smekalov
Mirtha: Ekaterina Kondaurova
 
Fri., Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Giselle: Alina Somova  (cast change on 1/12)
Alberth: Evgeny Ivanchenko  (cast change on 1/12)
Hanz: Konstantin Zverev
Mirtha: Alexandra Iosifidi
 
Sat., Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m.
Giselle: Viktoria Tereshkina  (cast change on 1/12)
Alberth: Vladimir Shklyarov  (cast change on 1/12)
Hanz: Yuri Smekalov
Mirtha: Anastasia Petushkova
 
Sat., Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Giselle: Uliana Lopatkina
Alberth: Daniil Korsuntsev
Hanz: Konstantin Zverev
Mirtha: Ekaterina Kondaurova
 
Sun., Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Giselle: Diana Vishneva
Alberth: Andrian Fadeyev
Hanz: Yuri Smekalov
Mirtha: Alexandra Iosifidi

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