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Let me start off by saying that Giselle is my favorite ballet; I love the story, the music and the dance.
This performance was recorded in 2006 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Gardens, London and stars Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobberg in the principal roles.
This is probably the best danced and finest interpretation of this magnificent ballet I've ever seen. I initially saw this at a movie theater with about 200+ people; you could have heard a pin drop during many of the pas de deux between Cojocaru and Kobberg, they were that stirring to watch.
There was so much to like about this performance...let me elaborate,
1.)The costumes for the peasants, the Royal hunting party and Wilis were sumptuous; the sets for both acts were nicely conceived to display the rustic theme for the village in Act I and then the marsh scene in Act II.
2.)The principal dancers, Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg gave the performance of a lifetime. Cojocaru has such skill and grace...an easy effortlessness that holds her audience spellbound. Kobberg attains such height with his leaps and jumps that it appears as if he can defy gravity.
3.) The emotion displayed, through facial expression and body language, by both leads was perfect for the situation; their dancing techniques and skills when together, were simply breath taking. Some of the famous lifts in the Act II were, without a doubt, the best I've ever seen in any performance of Giselle.
4.) The conductor, Boris Gruzin, interpretation of Adophe Adam's music was beautifully rendered, complimenting the tone and mood of this ballet that covered both ends of the emotional spectrum.Read more ›
In the last several years, it's extremely difficult to keep up with the young ballerinas coming up the ranks. The Russian schools seem to have put out an unending stream of really talented and accomplished young female dancers whose names would require memory training to retain. Polina Semionova, Alina Somova, Maria Alexandrova, Alina Cojocaru, and one Osipova. Any more?
They are already principal dancers in the major houses - Bolshoi, Royal Ballet, Kirov, Berlin - and they all have "stories" attached to them if you read about them on Google. Semionova was specifically recruited by Berlin to partner Malakhov; Plisetskaya was so impressed by Somova that she took off her diamond ear rings and gave them to the awed young woman; Cojocaru turned down an offer of principal dancer by the Kiev Ballet and joined the Corps de Ballet at the Royal Ballet so she could improve more freely. I believe it. This is exciting stuff.
This Giselle was danced by Alina Cojocaru, a Romanian trained by the Kiev. She's fabulous. Every movement, turn, jump, and pose was precise and beautiful to look at. She also paid great attention to the story and acted very well. The ending of Act I might even be a bit over dramatic, but she was committed so I would not fault her. In Act II, the Corps was on stage 80% or more of the time and the ladies were magnificent. You wonder whether they tried extra hard to support their former colleague from their rank. It's one thing to do grand jete in ones, twos or even fours. But these women gave me the impression that they were FLYING in precision formation in the same split second as a squadron.Read more ›
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Any production performed by The Royal Ballet is worthy of attention, but this production of Giselle is amazing from start to finish. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Warren Harris
In my review of Osipova-Acosta I give the reasons for preferring this production of Giselle to theirs. Read morePublished 12 months ago by PJ F
Natalia Osipova is no match to Alina Cojocaru, neither Carlos Acosta toJohan Kobborg. Even the conducting of Boris Gruzin this time around is not up to snuff: in the 2006... Read morePublished 12 months ago by PJ F
I saw this ballerina in a movie theater playing lead in Swan Lake and was very impressed. I found that she also played Giselle on this Blu-ray, bought it and was equally... Read morePublished 15 months ago by T. Trueblood
I'll be the first to admit I haven't seen every version of Giselle available, but of the ones I've seen, this is by far the best. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Red Hawk
It's 11pm in Brazil and I just finished watching Giselle with Isopova and Acosta and it's astounding! I already have another Giselle that I always found cute with a so so story. Read morePublished 18 months ago by alain laurent daniel ropa
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