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I LIbretti, Giselle

124 pages
34 illustrations
16 plates
price 8,00 €
price with the carnet 5,50 €


Bolshoi, death and resurrection

by Sergio Trombetta

In the mid-1990s, when, the Soviet regime having collapsed, the Russian State was licking its wounds and trying with difficulty to recover from a deep political and economic crisis, the fortunes of the  Bolshoi Theatre and dance company had also sunk very low. Not that it had lost its artistic level. No. The problem was organizational; it lacked a leader, and most of all the state funds without which a great classical company cannot survive...

Amidst realism and exoticism. Notes for a reading of «Giselle», «Le Corsaire » and «Don Quixote»

by Enrico M. Ferrando

The archetype of the romantic ballet is without doubt La Sylphide (1832) – with which the legendary, Maria Taglioni consecrated the tutu and the technique of en pointe. Set in Scotland in an atmosphere of magic, the story revolves around the impossible love between a man and a spirit and set the model for the later remake of Giselle (1841)…

Videography and bibliography

by Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino

«Le Corsaire», or the rediscovered pirate

by Sergio Trombetta

Never fall in love with a beautiful stranger looking out of a window. It almost always means trouble.  Franz, for the love of Coppelia’s beautiful enamel eyes, will risk losing heart because of Doctor Coppelius’s evil spells. The corsair Conrad will have less hellish but equally dangerous adventures for the beautiful face of Medora, seen on a balcony of a Turkish palazzo in Adrianopoli…

(L’argomento, L’Argument, Die Handlung)

«Don Quixote», or the good lunatic

by Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino

It is called Don Quxiote, but in fact it has always been Basilio and Kitri’s ballet instead, lovers in spite of father. It should be a Spanish ballet inasmuch as inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s novel, but in reality it is Russian-French because of the unmistakable impact made by the original authoritative version, that of Marius Petipa…

(L’argomento, L’Argument, Die Handlung)

«Giselle», or the dance of betrayed love

by Marinella Guatterini

«The only and eternal subject of a ballet is the dance»: let’s keep this phrase by the French romantic  poet, writer and critic Théophile Gautier in mind because it helps us understand the secular success of one of the most famous, most representative and best loved ballets: Giselle…

(L’argomento, L’Argument, Die Handlung)