Colorado Ballet has outdone itself with the hauntingly beautiful ballet Giselle. (see story here). In a nearly flawless performance on October 6, the dancers executed every move with precision and grace, drawing clapping and loud cheering after many of the sequences, in particular the spirits’ dance in Act II.
As extraordinary as the corps de ballet was, ballerina Maria Mosina shone like the brightest star in the heavens with her silky swan arms, exquisite form and technical mastery (hopping en pointe on one foot, for example). Portraying the sweet, innocent peasant girl Giselle, Mosina’s chemistry with fellow Russian-born dancer, tall and powerful Alexei Tyukov (Duke Albrecht) sparked at their first meeting and never wavered. Their arm-in-arm pas de deux in Act I was intoxicating as they danced joyously as the couple in love.
One typically doesn’t think of acting in ballet; but in full-length productions like Giselle, the story is told through pantomime, scenery and costumes, as well as music and the dance. This production has it all in spades, thanks to Artistic Director Gil Boggs and his team; all aspects are exceptionally well done and engage the audience from the beginning.
The stunning scenery borrowed from American Ballet Theatre engulfs the stage, bringing the audience into the village in Act I and into the forest in Act II with tall trees and leaves spilling from the edges. The costumes (not a tutu in sight), also from ABT, fit the story well: ethnic clothes of the village peasants, rich velvets and satins of the royals, and white gauzy flowing dresses of the Wilis. Ethereal lighting enhances the otherworldly ambiance of the spirits' forest and casts a dreamy color to the dancers.
It’s a gorgeous production, one of Colorado Ballet’s finest.
Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov will perform again on October 10 and 12. The other Giselle/Albrecht couples will be Sharon Wehner/Viacheslav Buchkovskiy and Chandra Kuykendall/Domenico Luciano.
Remaining performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver will be Thursday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, October 11 & 12, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13, 2 p.m.
For tickets, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.