Giselle: 5 Virtuoso Performances of the Part

Giselle: 5 Virtuoso Performances of the Part

Giselle is believed to be one of the most romantic ballets and doesn’t go off the posters of the best theaters in the world. The legend of the Wilis - the brides who died before the wedding - arouses interest not only among the audience: choreographers find inspiration in it up to this day. We’d like to tell you about five performers of the title part, whose skill is amazing.

Svetlana Zakharova

The prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater and the world star is the best fit for the role of Giselle - the exquisite lines of her silhouette and lightness combined with excellent technique create a unique image that stays in your memory for a long time. You can see Svetlana Zakharova not only at the Bolshoi, but also at the Italian La Scala, where she often performs.                                                         

Natalia Osipova

Our compatriot and winner of many honorary awards is the prima ballerina of the Royal Ballet in London, but often visits Russia. You can see Giselle performed by Natalia at the Mikhailovsky Theater, at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater, she is also a frequent guest of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. Natalia is endowed with an incredibly big leap and the ability to "hover" in the air - when you watch performances, in which she dances, it seems that the law of gravity doesn’t work. The second distinguishing feature of the ballerina is her dramatic talent: Natalia's heroines are emotional and expressive, she always creates a unique, individual image on stage.

Olga Smirnova

The prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater and the graduate of the  Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg absorbed the best from the two competing schools. On the one hand, there is formal "St. Petersburg style", precise observance of all canons and rules. On the other, you see emotions and individual interpretation of the image, characteristic of the Moscow school. Excellent ballet capabilities allow her to create a memorable image and distinguish Olga Smirnova's Giselle among others.

Victoria Tereshkina

The prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater and the graduate of the  Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg is the embodiment of the "St. Petersburg style". Once you see the ballerina's dancing, you can immediately understand what this concept means: not only the purity and precision of the performance, but also loyalty to the canons of the classical school, the accuracy of every step, head turn, hand position. This is what makes Giselle performed by Victoria absolutely unique.

Polina Semionova

The star performing in the best theaters around the globe, the graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, who began her career with the Berlin State Opera, Polina Semionova can often be seen at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg. The ballerina has excellent capabilities, technique and a bright personality that she endows all her characters with.

Giselle, as interpreted by Semionova, is, on the one hand, a naive girl, whose image is permeated with the lightness of youth. On the other, she is a person ready to go all the way through for the sake of her love. Polina's extensive repertoire, her work in many dance styles and with different choreographers make the ballerina's plastique richer and more memorable, which is reflected in the classical images she creates.