25 January 2014 at 11.19am | 26 Comments
Peter Wright's classic production of Giselle, starring Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta, will be screened live in cinemas across the globe on Monday 27 January.
The Royal Opera House has produced a digital guide to The Royal Ballet’s Giselle, containing specially selected films, articles and photos to bring you closer to the production. The guide, which costs £2.99, is designed to help you engage with the work, from viewing exclusive pictures of the cast in rehearsal, to finding out about the era in which it was written.
It includes an introduction to the creation of Giselle, features exploring the music and the mime, a full synopsis of The Royal Ballet’s production and an interview with Peter Wright, as well as biographies of the cast and creative team. From Monday morning (27 January) we will be adding an exclusive interview with Carlos Acosta. Buy the Royal Opera House Digital Guide to Giselle.
'For me the theme is love that forgives, or as I would call it forgiveness through love,' says Natalia, who is performing the title role. 'I want the audience to come away with a purification of emotions - a catharsis.'
'For the woman, it's very demanding technically and physically,' says Hikaru Kobayashi, who is dancing the role of Queen of the Wilis. 'It's very tiring. There are lots of different jumps, and after those jumps, you are still on stage and have to have the authority and presence of a queen.'
Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet, which had its premiere in 1985, has had more than 550 performances. Watch Peter Wright discussing the revival and working in rehearsals with Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez.
The Royal Opera House is also creating a Digital Guide for Kasper Holten’s new production of Don Giovanni, which will be available to buy soon.
The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Celia Blakey and the Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund.