Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Giselle

Giselle in Mikhailovsky. Anastasia Soboleva (rus Анастасия Соболева) as Giselle and Victor Lebedev (rus Виктор Лебедев) as Albrecht, Irina Kosheleva as Myrtha. Taken at 8.11.2013 as Anastasia Soboleva’s debut performance as Giselle.

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Giselle

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Giselle

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Giselle

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Giselle

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Giselle

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Giselle

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Giselle

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Giselle

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Giselle

Anastasia Soboleva (rus Анастасия Соболева) is currently second soloist with Mikhailovsky ballet. She graduated from Moscow State Academy of Choreography, joined Bolshoi Theatre ballet company in Moscow and moved over to Mikhailovsky theatre, St Petersburg.

Victor Lebedev  (rus Виктор Лебедев) is currently first soloist at Mikhailovsky Ballet. He was born in 1991 in St Petersburg, he graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy (class of M. Enikeyev) in 2010 and the same year joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company.

Irina Kosheleva (rus Ирина Кошелева) is first soloist with Mikhailovsky Ballet. She was born in Barnaul, Graduated from the Novosibirsk Choreography School. In 1996 joined the Mikhailovsky Theatre.

Giselle (French: Giselle ou les Wilis) is a ballet in two acts with a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier, music by Adolphe Adam, and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. The librettist took his inspiration from a poem by Heinrich Heine. The ballet tells the story of a lovely peasant girl named Giselle who has a passion for dancing, and when she finds out the man she loves is engaged to someone else she dies of a broken heart. Giselle was first presented by the Ballet du Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris, France, on 28 June 1841. The choreography in modern productions generally derives from the revivals of Marius Petipa for the Imperial Russian Ballet (1884, 1899, 1903).

The version passed down to the present day was staged by Marius Petipa for the Imperial Ballet (today the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet). Petipa staged his definitive revival of Giselle in 1884 for the Ballerina Maria Gorshenkova, but made his final touches to the work for Anna Pavlova’s debut in 1903. Petipa’s final work on Giselle was notated in the Stepanov method of choreographic notation around the turn of the 20th century, and is today held as part of the famous Sergeyev Collection in the Harvard University Library Theatre Collection.

Photo by Jack Devant © with kind permission of the Mikhailovsky Theatre, special thanks to Mikhail Messerer, Nacho Duato, Valeria Rodionova and Darina Timofeyeva.

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