Adam - Giselle / Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle, Vittorio d'Amato, La Scala Ballet
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(Jul 25, 2006)
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La Scala's "Giselle" has the asset of the sound choreographic text by Yvette Chauviré (the French Giselle par excellence of the 20th century), revived by Florence Clerc, and boasts eye-catching sets and costumes recreated by Angelo Sala and Cinzia Rosselli after Alexander Benois. It is as traditional a staging as you can get, and that's exactly what this ballet needs.
Russian star Svetlana Zakharova gives a fine dramatic reading of the main character. "Giselle" was one of Zakharova's first major roles when she started out with the Kirov now almost ten years ago. She has since then performed the ballet in at least five different productions around the world. Her sophistication is balanced by femininity and vulnerability, while her dancing has now acquired such fluidity and sense of purpose that she can get away with the sky-high extensions. In the last few years Zakharova developed a rewarding partnership with dream-prince Roberto Bolle. He is a noble and passionate Albrecht, his dancing clean, his partnering reliable. On the other hand, Marta Romagna's Myrtha is something of a letdown, hardly making any impact with either her presence or the quality of her dancing. La Scala's female corps de ballet proves excellent in the 2nd Act.
David Coleman conducts the Orchestra of La Scala in this new release which has first-rate filming, image quality and sound to boast.
Roberto Bolle, whom I generally like, I found to be a lacking Albrecht. He and Svetlana always dance beautifully together (and look gorgeous together to boot), but if Svetlana's Giselle was subtle...then Roberto's Albrecht was downright clinical. He only showed two expressions in Act I: arrogantly flirty and exaggeratedly sorrowful. But no depth of true love. I also agree with other reviewers, Marta Romagna's Myrtha was a major disappointment. She looked almost bored to be there, and her dancing revealed no power or commanding presence whatsoever. She made it difficult to believe that she could ever command Svetlana, and thus made Giselle's defiance to save Albrecht look too easy.
Some aspects of this performance: the technique of Svetlana and Roberto, the raw emotion in the eyes of Hilarion, the beautiful sets and costumes, the (as ever) lush musical performance by the orchestra, make this worthy of viewing. But don't expect the best Giselle you've ever seen.
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OK, did I love the entire production? No.
Frankly, the La Scala Corps de Ballet was really lacking (although they were much better in Act II), and the female soloists in were... Read more
I hadn’t seen this ballet since I left Cuba and I enjoyed seeing it again .It reminded me a lot of the version that I am very familiar with. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Alicia de las Pozas
Zakharova and Bolle are fantastic together - finally a Giselle movie which makes me cry for all the right reasons.Published on December 1, 2012 by Beverley Claxton
Giselle (2011) From Arthaus, this is the same as the Giselle 2005 version for a heck of a lot less money. Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by W. D. Payne
The La Scala proudly presents Giselle, internationally renowned ballet choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and music by Adolphe Adam. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Ali Hassan AYACHE
I've just begun collecting Ballets on DVD. And will look for more. I like Ivy Lin's reviews and will take her advice whenever possible. Read morePublished on July 23, 2008 by Richard Rawls
A wonderful performance; beautiful Svetlana is a ballerina asoluta; she is perfect in every way and very, very, beautiful. Roberto Bolle is a great danceur. Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by Bernard Keyser
First off, I don't know what is going on with the filming of ballet these days. Again, but this time it is not the Bolshoi rather La Scala, whose camera person is cutting off... Read morePublished on December 1, 2007 by E. Barkley
beautifully danced by the best ballerina in the world ,with an exellent partner. very enjoyablePublished on November 30, 2007 by vagador
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