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Friday, 02 November 2018, Hour 18:30
Main Hall

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Conductor: Gheorghe Victor Dumănescu
Coreography (after Marius Petipa), Artistic direction: Vasile Solomon
Costumes: Valentin Codoiu
Decors: Starmüller Katalin (guest)

Giselle: Andreea Jura 
Prince Albert: Dan Haja
Myrtha: Adelina Filipaș
Hans: Lucian Bacoiu

Pas de deux (2nd Act): Hui-Yi-Wen, Augustin Gribincea

The two Wilis: Dalia Costea, Laura Pop

Giselle's friends: Laura Pop, Dalia Costea, Dorina Lucaciu, Rodica Bacoiu, Ofelia Mărginean, Ingrid Poka, Patricia Cenan, Cristina Pop

Wilfried: Valentin Mihăilă
The Duke: Marius Toda
Bertha: Daniela Drăgușin
Bathilde: Liana Taloș

Noblemen: Enikö Fărcaș, Antonela Oancea, Cristina Toda, Gabriela Sima, Mircea Cădariu, Octavian Popa, Daniel Moga, Liviu Har

The Orchestra, the Soloists and the Ballet Ensemble of the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca

A group of students from the "Octavian Stroia" High School of Coreography and Dramatic Art in Cluj-Napoca

Assistance direction and choreography: Pavel Rotaru
Stage and backstage direction: Dan Lupea


show category: ballet

A performance supported by the ,,Simona Noja” Cultural Society

Ballet in two acts on libretto by Téophile Gautier & Jules-Henri Saint-Georges, based on a slavic story found in Heinrich Heine’s album About Germany

Recommended Age: 5+

Giselle is not just the best known title within the french composer Adolphe Adam’s oeuvre, but also a significant work for the Romantic period. The theme of impossible love between mortals and supernatural creatures lays at the basis of the slavic legend of the Wilis (young brides-to-be who have died before the wedding), adapted by Heinrich Heine. The idea was subsequently taken over by the novelist, poet and critic Théophile Gautier; he created the story of a girl who, after the betrayal of her lover, dyes from a heart-attack and then returns as a spirit to save him form the Wilis’ revenge; this is actually the fact that will prevent her own transformation.

The proposition of such a scenery by Gautier came in tune with the desire of the Paris Opera’s managing board to give the famous italian ballerina Carlotta Grisi the main role in a new choreographic production. Just a few months later, the librettist Saint-Georges and Adolphe Adam created one of the most fascinating ballet in the history of the genre.

After the premiere of the ballet (June 28 1841) at Paris Opera, having Carlotta Grisi and Lucien Petipa (Marius Petipa’s brother) as main characters, Giselle met, through the years, significant stagings everywhere in Europe. We are waiting for you to discover it, this time, in a performance featuring the soloists, the orchestra and the ballet ensemble of the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca!

The performance has one break and ends around 8.30 p.m.

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