If ever a ballerina was born to perform the role of Giselle, it is Diana Vishneva of American Ballet Theatre. Making her first act entrance with feather-light jumps and the buoyant optimism of a naive peasant girl, Vishneva’s Giselle goes beyond many of the trite tropes of the role. Giselle is supposed to be girlish and flirtatious, and while Vishneva was both Friday at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, she took the character development to another level. Read More
San Francisco Ballet’s current revival of “Giselle” is of a 12-year-old production, and it’s aging well. The performance by the Sunday matinee cast was a formidable presentation of one the greatest “white ballets” of all time.
The original 1841 Jean Coralli-Jules Perrot choreography, in Marius Petipa’s 1884 version, has survived all this time and is still produced today around the world. But San Francisco has something different. Read More