Polina Semionova as Giselle and Friedemann Vogel as Prince (Count) in Giselle, act 1, Vladimir Tsal as Gamekeeper, Anna Novosyolova as Mother, Alla Matveyeva as Princes fianceé. Music by Adolphe Adam. Choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa. Shot in Mikhailovsky Theatre, 14.09.2014.
Here is the point, where Giselle understood, that she has been betrayed
Polina Semionova, born in Moscow in 1984, is a classical ballet dancer and Principal with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Studying at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow, Russia. Graduating in 2002, Semionova joined the Ballet Staatsoper Berlin as a principal upon the invitation of Vladimir Malakhov, becoming the youngest principal in the company’s history at the age of 18. She toured Japan as Malakhov’s partner, the reason he had invited her to be a principal in the company. He gave her the lead roles in The Nutcracker and La Bayadère during her first season, following with the role of Tatiana in Onegin, which became her favourite role.
Friedemann Vogel is principal dancer with Stuttgarter Ballett (Stuttgart Ballet), Germany. He was born in Stuttgart, Germany. He started formal training at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgartand completed his ballet training at the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance in Monte Carlo with the John Gilpin scolarship from Princess Antoniette de Monaco. He showed his outstanding talent by winning several international ballet competition awards. In 1997 he won the Prix de Lausanne,the Gold medall in the Prix de Louxembourg, Eurocity competion in Italy and 1998 he won the Jackson Competition USA. In September 1998 Friedemann Vogel joined the Stuttgart Ballet and quickly rose through the ranks. In 2002 he was promoted to first soloist, the company’s highest rank.
Alla Matveyeva is member of corps de ballet with Mikhailovsky Theatre.
Anna Novosyolova is coryphée with Mikhailovsky Ballet. She was born in 1973 in Saratov, she graduated from the Saratov Ballet School in 1991. In 1991, she joined the St Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre of Boris Eifman. In 1995, she joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company.
Vladimir Tsal is second soloist with Mikhailovsky Ballet. He was born in 1978 in Leningrad. Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. Joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet in 1997.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Mikhailovsky Theatre and mr Mikhail Messerer, special thanks Valeria Derkach.