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Reference number: 11277

Date: 1999

Sound: sound

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 55.10 mins

Description: A dress rehearsal of Giselle Act Two by Scottish Ballet, recorded in Spain in 1999. The rehearsal is accompanied by a full orchestra. See also refs 10918 and 11295.

'Giselle was the first of the 19th-century classics to be revived by "The Darrell Touch". His aim was to make the stories and characters relevant to modern audiences. Elaine McDonald, the first ballerina to dance the title role for Scottish, portrayed Giselle as an ordinary, happy girl who is fatally betrayed in love.' [Scottish Ballet: Forty Years, p.11]

'[Darrell's] Giselle (1971) honoured the 19th-century choreography, but his interpretation was his own. And when his muse, the outstandingly gifted Elaine McDonald, danced the leading role she - like Darrell - saw Giselle in heart-rendingly everyday terms: an ordinary girl who loves, trusts and is betrayed by a wealthy man who conceals his commitment to another woman.' [Scottish Ballet: Forty Years, p.14]

The Scottish Theatre Archive holds material relating to this performance including: Giselle. Perth Theatre, Perth, 1971 October. Programme: STA SB 11/24a

Please note this is a copy of the raw capture of the original analogue video for preservation and as such may display defects such as dropout, washed out colour and sound fluctuation.

Credits: [Music: Adolphe Adam
Chroeography: Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (recreated by Joyce Greame)
Scenario: Theophile Guatuier, Vernoy de Saint Goerges, Jean Coralli
Production: Peter Darrell
Design: Peter Cazalet

The role of Albrecht is danced by Vladislav Bubnov]

Shotlist: Act Two: The forest (00.50.19-01.40.05)
Some days have passed and Giselle, unable because of her suicide to be laid in consecrated ground has been buried in the forest. Halarion comes mark her grave with a cross. Myrtha appears to summon up her subjects, the Wilies, to lead them through the forest in search of victims and receive a novice unto their ranks, Giselle. Albrecht overcome by remorse is seeking Giselles’s grave; she appears and dances with him. When the Wilis try to capture Albrecht Giselle places him in the shelter of her cross, but when Myrtha commands her to lure him from its protection only the coming of dawn can save him.