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Your reaction: Giselle in cinemas

What did you think of the live cinema relay of The Royal Ballet's production starring Carlos Acosta and Natalia Osipova?

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

27 January 2014 at 10.03pm | 146 Comments


What did you think of Giselle?

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The next relay as part of the ROH Cinema Season will see The Royal Opera's Don Giovanni screened live around the world on 12 February 2014. Find your nearest cinema.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

27 January 2014 at 10.03pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Peter Wright, Carlos Acosta, cinema, giselle, Natalia Osipova, Production, review, twitter, your reaction

This article has 146 comments

  1. Jackie responded on 27 January 2014 at 10:43pm Reply

    Wonderful, exquisite, beautiful........

    • Mike responded on 28 January 2014 at 4:44pm

      Watched this in Poitiers last night; beautifully danced and ACTED by Osipova, Acosta's entrejambes were a sight to behold. I did feel that some of the close-ups detracted from the corps de ballet, though others showed Osipova's talent to its full effect. Overall, gorgeous.

    • lucy responded on 28 January 2014 at 10:56pm

      I was treated to an evening of live Giselle at my local town hall last night in Wiltshire UK by my dear Mum.
      I have always enjoyed catching the occasional ballet but I left last night on a total high and unable to sleep for feeling so totally overwhelmed by the beauty I had witnessed in dance. The shapes created by Osipova as she danced with Acosta to SUCH wonderful music took me to the land of dreams and beyond beauty. I found myself reading about Bolshoi, the stars of ballet, and googling what it means when they talk about the 'Pas de six'at 1am!!
      I mean really.....Thank you Thank you Thankyou for putting in all those hours - all of you wonderful talented artistic people so we can enjoy such a spiritual experience from across the world.
      And isn't that the point of these things .... To inspire people in different ways?! For me ... I just want to know more and see more ballet!!

  2. Caroline O Brien responded on 27 January 2014 at 10:46pm Reply

    @carobrien23: Stunning display of loss portrayed with such fragility by Ostipova and Acosta. Mesmerising. Thank you from Dublin xx #ROHgiselle

  3. Mary responded on 27 January 2014 at 10:47pm Reply

    What a privilege to see such glorious dancing. From the heart breaking Osipova and ever beautiful Acosta, the whole cast was superb.

  4. Gillhm responded on 27 January 2014 at 10:57pm Reply

    Brilliant production and a great insight into the performance by Darcy. The interviews and close ups were excellent.

  5. Annie responded on 27 January 2014 at 11:00pm Reply

    I've seen Giselle many times, but never as magical as tonight's live stream. Natalia became Giselle and was so expressive. What a beautiful dancer. Tears in Leamington Spa!

  6. Stuart Dixon responded on 27 January 2014 at 11:15pm Reply

    The perfomance was fantastic and I hope we realise what an absolute gem we have in Natalia, Totally brilliant. One small moan - love the introduction by Darcy but in the rehearsal footage it would have been nice to have a translation of what Natalia was saying because I don't think anyone in a packed cinema in Enfield understood a word of Russian. When can we have an Encore showing please.

    • Hi Stuart,

      We transmitted subtitles for these sections (and indeed the whole of the presentation in 6 languages) and requested that cinemas turn them on. Sadly it seems some of the cinemas didn't do so - could you let us know which cinema you were at?

      Regards,

      Mark Thackeray
      Broadcast Engineer, Royal Opera House

  7. Julie Worn responded on 27 January 2014 at 11:17pm Reply

    Never been to the ballet before, I was blown away with emotion whilst watching Giselle. Simply enchanting.

  8. Hilary responded on 27 January 2014 at 11:19pm Reply

    Natalia, dancing beyond outstanding, acted her character through every limb and muscle.
    What a gift, what a treat!

    Thank you

    Hilary

  9. David Hughes responded on 28 January 2014 at 12:00am Reply

    Ballet is supposed to be an art form which definitely requires one to willingly suspend disbelief. This evening my sense of disbelief was effortlessly suspended - I was moved to tears by Osipova, and enchanted by everything that happened on stage. I am glad that, at 69, I am still not cynical, and can still be moved by great art such as Giselle.

  10. John Graham responded on 28 January 2014 at 12:54am Reply

    I walked from the cinema this evening with my head buzzing with 'feel-good factor' after watching such an inspiring and breath-taking performance of "Giselle". Despite the immense sadness of their love story, the amazing portrayal of Giselle and Albrecht by Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta was overwhelmingly moving and has left me 'on a high', yet almost emotionally overcome.
    I attended their first night of "Giselle" on January 18th and enjoyed it enormously, as did everyone privileged to see it that evening. The performance was perfection, not only by Carlos and Natalia, but the entire cast. It was spell binding, confirmed by the loud and prolonged applause from the audience and the worthy 5 star reviews it has received.
    One should not compare seeing a live performance with a cinema viewing - there are obvious pros and cons for each. However, tonight I found the close-up scenes so powerful!! I had an excellent Orchestra Stalls seat in the ROH on the 18th, but even then it was not possible to see and fully appreciate the wonderful dramatic acting by both Carlos Acosta and Natalia Osipova. Their facial expressions told the story to perfection, complimenting their exquisite dancing.
    My thanks to all for two wonderful evenings of unforgettable drama and dance.

  11. Kalola responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:50am Reply

    Osipova is controlled expressiveness enjoyed in honolulu

  12. Chris Journal responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:53am Reply

    Extraordinary performance. I have seen Bariisnikof with Gelsey Kirkland, but tonight had the same intensity and bathos. Really an emotional experience - and from my local cinema too. a big thank you to everyone!

  13. sj.sandy responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:55am Reply

    California, USA: A truly magical evening! What a gift Osipova is to ballet fans throughout the world! She and Acosta are the perfect partnership. At the conclusion, the movie theatre audience stood and applauded along with the appreciative ballet fans in the ROH!

    One tiny criticism, which in no way reflects upon the dancers: the camera work was often so close up, the precision of the corps de ballet was totally lost for the viewer. While I was fascinated to see the expressions on the principals' faces, I was irritated that I was not able to enjoy watching the entire stage, as the live audience at the ROH was able to do.

    • Alison responded on 28 January 2014 at 9:56am

      I agree with this. Enjoyed the performance hugely, Osipova was fabulous and although the close-ups allowed one to see the full expressiveness of the principals I would have liked more opportunity to see the whole scene including the corps de ballet; does them a bit of a disservice if they are dancing away and most of the audience can't see them! This was my first live cinema screening from the ROH, had been expecting more of a 'being there' experience.

  14. Jill responded on 28 January 2014 at 7:30am Reply

    Spectacular performance by Natalia , dramatic ,graceful & totally mesmerising . Looking forward to Sleeping Beauty in March .

  15. María Teresa Aznar García responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:00am Reply

    Estuve viendo en el ROH Giselle y me emocionó. Ahora he querido repetir en cine.

    Sublime ,epectacular,fabuloso.Muchas gracias.

  16. Joan Merriott responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:05am Reply

    A truly wonderful performance, was spellbound by these two beautiful dancers.

  17. julie responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:07am Reply

    Osipova amazing, as were the rest of the cast, the exception in my opinion was Mrytha. I did not recognise her and thought that her dancing was way below the standard set by the rest of the dancers, Shame as I could not understand why none of the other great principle dancers could have took that role?

  18. Nina responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:11am Reply

    Natalia Osipova is dance and poetry all in one. Absolutely sublime. I would've liked to see her with McRae as her partner in Giselle?

  19. Shobhna Dave responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:13am Reply

    Absolutely beautiful. It is so nice to be able to go to the cinema to see a ballet being performed at the ROH. It is surprising how people have taken to that. Yesterday in Milton Keynes Xscape there were 2 cinemas dedicated to Giselle which just goes to show the demand for this. Many thanks.
    Shobhna

  20. Linda responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:17am Reply

    I have never seen a dancer like Osipova, she is truly captivating on every level, such a complete performance. I DID like the corps. Tremendous production. A bit too many close up shots for me - missed some of the corps dancing. Like Darcy!

  21. jane responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:21am Reply

    We enjoyed watching World class Ballet 2 miles from where we live. Although we missed the atmosphere in the auditorium we were more than compensated with the close up shots of the dancers.Overall a resounding success. We will repeat the experience!

  22. Victoria Millar responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:27am Reply

    What an evening. Osipova was weightless and breathtaking. I stand in awe. The evening was sublime. Thank you.

  23. Sue Lane responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:32am Reply

    Watched this beautiful and moving production in a cinema in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. My friend and I wept, it was wonderful: Natalia Osipova outstanding.

  24. Ron Turner responded on 28 January 2014 at 9:23am Reply

    At 70 years of age, my first ballet, seen in the cinema at Lucon, France. Stunning! Totally converted! What have I been missing all these years?

  25. Utterly FLABBERGASTED by anyone who says they aren't moved by Natalia's Mad Scene!!

  26. MONMARCCHE responded on 28 January 2014 at 9:28am Reply

    Amazing performance, what marvellous dancers and what about the "corps de ballet".
    A wonderful evening
    Thank you Philippe from Tours FRANCE

  27. christian responded on 28 January 2014 at 9:43am Reply

    would it not have been possible to have been a bit more informative about the cast before the ballet started. i like to know who is dancing myrtha and the peasants, for example.

    • Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:52am

      Dear Christian,

      Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a lot of detail about the cast in case of last-minute cast changes. However, you can download a cast sheet listing some of the principal roles here: http://www.roh.org.uk/showings/giselle-2014

      I can also confirm that Myrtha was danced by Hikaru Kobayashi.

      All the best,

      Lottie

  28. Karen responded on 28 January 2014 at 9:43am Reply

    The dancing was superb; no one in the audience moved a muscle during the whole performance, we were entranced. However, the camera direction was far too fussy. Far too much cutting to close ups, the skill of the dancers allows us to understand what is happening without peering into their faces. Unforgiveable when a dancer's entrance is missed and we see them appear in a close up. But... Wonderful dancing.

    • Kathryn responded on 28 January 2014 at 2:40pm

      I absolutely agree. We should always be able to see the full bodies of the dancers, and their feet.

      The camerawork was also too fussy in the 'behind the scenes' film.

    • Susanne Unger responded on 29 January 2014 at 1:16am

      Thank you so much for your comments about the camera.
      Sometimes it was a horror.
      The dancers very perfect, nothing more to say about the breathtaking Giselle.
      During the interviews of the dancers of the corps de ballett, one dancer said: "we are the frame............" but the camera gave us no chance, to see the frame.
      My piece of advice:
      Put the camera in front of the middle lodge, showing the whole stage. Let the camera-man fix it and then send him to the cafeteria for 2 hours.
      Then you have the perfekt imagination of stage and theater in cinema.
      Quite easy, isn't it?

  29. angie collings responded on 28 January 2014 at 9:50am Reply

    Natalia Oripova's performance last night was simply breathtaking - her dancing as light as air and so fluid, coupled with her portrayal of the frail, tortured Giselle. I had forgotten how beautiful this ballet is, and everyone on stage excelled. Thank you so much for bringing these ballets to the Cinema. I saw the Nutcracker and now longingly wait for the Sleeping Beauty. Seeing backstage, the interviews etc., all adds to the magic. A brilliant success

  30. frances smith responded on 28 January 2014 at 9:54am Reply

    I have just visited my local cinema( pretty dire interior!) with 3 friends & been transported to the ROH to witness & be a part of the audience seeing the most wonderful performance of Giselle I have ever seen!! We live in Ayr/Prestwick/Troon & have little access to such events until the marvel of live streaming came our way.............THANK YOU !!!! The 2 principal ballerinas were out of this world & it will be a long time before I witness such a heart wrenching performance.

  31. Taugwalder Peter responded on 28 January 2014 at 9:55am Reply

    breth tacking...we will here more about
    Natalie Osipova..........I am sure!

  32. Stuart Sampson responded on 28 January 2014 at 10:02am Reply

    Saw it in Tamworth Odeon. Seemingly impossible dancing, brilliant choreography, great sound from the orchestra, and superb set - when we could see it. Must have been wonderful to be there. Only criticisms regard the coverage: too many close-ups and unnecessarily tight for cinema screen so some action was out of shot, and on our screen some of the atmosphere of Act 2 was lost through the blacks being grey.

  33. Elizabeth Clark responded on 28 January 2014 at 10:25am Reply

    Saw Giselle in the cinema in Clydebank last night. My friend and I were transported by the performance. The production was magical and entrancing. Osipova's performance was out of this world her performance was ethereal. I think she must have wings as she flew. Never seen anything like this.

  34. Peter Erdos responded on 28 January 2014 at 10:30am Reply

    A magnificent performance of Giselle! Osipova is one of the greatest Giselle in my lifetime (and I have seen many!) Her joy of discovering love in the first act to the sublime second act from another world was unforgettable. Acosta's partnering was also superb, a slight disappointment was Kobayashi, not quite in the premier class.

  35. Daniela responded on 28 January 2014 at 10:56am Reply

    Incredible and emotional experience - thank you for giving us the opportunity to see this performance with our parents even if they are miles away from us !! (cinema Udine, Italy) #ROHgiselle

  36. Stefania responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:04am Reply

    I wept for the heartbreaking story. The dancers interpretation was brilliant and intense. Thank you for sharing culture, aesthetics and beauty with so many people around the globe. Thank you for feeding our hearts and our brains with pure art. From Italy

  37. Utterly divine! Still crying and applauding this morning!

    I have been haunted by those ethereal performances in Act 2 and the contrast to the naive emergence of love, joy and tragedy in Act 1.

    Osipova danced as if she was made of air, raw emotion and gesture and I swear gravity must have been missing from the stage. Carlos Acosta and Thomas Whitehead danced with virile passion in every step until they were consumed by their collective failure to love Giselle fully and faithfully.

    My first Giselle, at The Empire Sutton Coldfield, along with Mum and my lovely Sister.....and I doubt I shall ever see another that captivated and moved me so much

    Thanks to #roh.live for giving me access to greatness!

  38. Philippa responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:18am Reply

    The live relay was brilliant, bringing the magic of Giselle to people like me who can't always afford ROH prices. A beautiful production of a powerful ballet. Natalia Osipova is a marvel. Sublime, beautiful, pure and emotionally intense - what a wonderful dancer she is! It was a privilege to watch her and the great Carlos Acosta together, they had wonderful chemistry. If I'd been in the Opera House, I'd have been on my feet at the end cheering. Thank you, ROH. This was very special.

  39. catherine responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:21am Reply

    I was at ROH last night. Something I had not appreciated before was how knowing the performance was being broadcast live worldwide had a tangible effect on me sitting in the Stalls Circle. A bit like when we see tourists appreciating our home towns/cities. It made me really appreciate what we have and what we had seen and I knew audiences would be clapping with us in cinemas. Lots of comments above about the camera work being too close at times. I noticed this myself as we could see the camera shots in the House (camera monitors) and they were often very tight on the principles and lost a lot of the corps. Hope RB will do something about this - it's a balance I guess. I did also think RB should tour more in the UK to bring the live magic to more. Loved the performance. Dancing was wonderful.

  40. Gwenyth Wilson-Rudström responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:38am Reply

    I watched the Live Cinema performance in Karlstad in Sweden.

    I was spellbound by the performance, with the whole production. Every step, leap and twirl was a delight to see. How hard they must have worked to make their dancing look so light and effortless.

    I can't say how grateful I am to ROH and its sponsors for making this quality art experience available to the world at such a reasonable price.

  41. Jan Shepherd responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:43am Reply

    Great performance, really enjoyed it. My only criticism is that the camera was too close to the principals thus denying the audience the full magic of the whole stage.

  42. Anna responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:52am Reply

    Watched the live feed of last night's Giselle at King's College. Sublime, magical. Thank you to all who made this possible. Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta were exquisite with such emotional intensity. A very special thank you to the wonderful Royal Ballet corps de ballet.

  43. milkybar kid responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:55am Reply

    even the on-mic goof by Darcy referring to us all as punters didn't detract from a great production....not sure the camera needed to go in so close for facial shots so often and it really showed up Koboyashi as a bit wooden ....that's picky though...memorable performances by Osipova and Acosta

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 29 January 2014 at 5:58pm

      Hi,

      The issue with Darcey's microphone during the interval was due to a technical problem out of Darcey's control - that said, it does prove it's a live relay!

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  44. Diana responded on 28 January 2014 at 12:04pm Reply

    Fab-u-lous only critisism is that there are too many close ups.............I want to see the whole stage and a few close ups! Osipova and Acosta are a wonderful pair.......outstanding.

  45. I only heard about these wonderful streaming events the day beforehand: This Giselle was areally outstanding production from all points of view.. I was an avid ROH balletomane 50 years ago when I lived in London and so now to be able to see these performances here in Rome is truly life-enhancing. The performances by Acosta and Osipova were sublime. At the cinema we perhaps get too close to the dancers and miss the beauty of the whole-stage choreography as seen in the theatre. Now just waiting for The Sleeping Beauty! Diana Turano, Rome

  46. Caro responded on 28 January 2014 at 12:26pm Reply

    From Montevideo, Uruguay, we were amazed by Natalia and Carlos performances and all the cast, the music, everything. Will repeat in March for sure. However, a little comment, I agree with some comments of the close ups... eventhough it was great to see their expressions it seems that we missed the big scenes, the cast entrances... also, between acts when questions from the public where asked to Peter and to the ROH Director, they were no subtitles... in a cinema where most speak only spanish.
    Thanks a lot for this big opportunity, loooking forward to the next one!

    • Hi Caro,

      At present, we have to prepare the subtitles in advance, as we are transmitting them in 6 languages. We can't, unfortunately, subtitle the unscripted elements of the show, which included the interviews.

      Really glad you had an enjoyable time,

      Mark Thackeray
      Broadcast Engineer, Royal Opera House

  47. mandy responded on 28 January 2014 at 12:29pm Reply

    This was a cultural feast, in places aesthetically exquisite, it was wonderful also to be part of a grand international audience. The interviews with Darcy Bussell were excellent, the ambience exciting, such a privilege to be able to see this production in bold and mesmerising detail. Thank you a thousand times, a transforming and uplifting experience.

  48. Alex responded on 28 January 2014 at 12:36pm Reply

    I was unable to attend Giselle last night. Please, please can we have an encore screening? thanks!

  49. Yasmina Keynes responded on 28 January 2014 at 12:37pm Reply

    Having had to give up my long held wonderful seats for Monday night's performance to come to NY unexpectedly, it was a delight to be able to see it at the cinema instead - thank you thank you for making that possible. I wouldnt have missed seeing Osipova for all the world. Bless you ROH!
    But please no more Darcey on the mike - a wonderful dancer but not comfortable to watch as a presenter and seems like the ROH riding the Strictly wave when it doesn't have to...

  50. Michael Stevens responded on 28 January 2014 at 12:52pm Reply

    I watched at the Odeon in Epsom. It was the best evening I've had for a long time. A pleasure for the eye and the ear. The dancers are so well synchronised when they dance together it si unbelievable. The symmetry of some of the scenes was excellent. The principals were stunning but all the younger ones should be congratulated for their performances too. The ghostly figures in the second act were amazing and certainly gave me the Willis!

  51. Cecilia responded on 28 January 2014 at 12:55pm Reply

    I could not find out where Giselle was screened yesterday. What a shame. You should make that sort of information easier to access.

  52. Les Picardies responded on 28 January 2014 at 1:13pm Reply

    Utterly wonderful. The Royal Ballet in rural Charente, France in a cinema full of suitably delighted ex-pats and locals. Well done ROH. PS Loved the "punters" gaff in the interval as well!!

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 29 January 2014 at 5:57pm

      Hi,

      The issue with Darcey's microphone during the interval was due to a technical problem out of Darcey's control - it proves we are live too!

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  53. Christine Smith responded on 28 January 2014 at 1:15pm Reply

    I absolutely adored the performance last night and Natalia Osipova is magnificent I have never seen her dance before she is mesmerising I couldnt take my eyes off her the close ups were fantastic so you could see her expressions which you dont see when its live. This really is a fantastic move by the ROH the cinema was nearly full in Wigan we did actually have a little clap

  54. Mercedes Reddy responded on 28 January 2014 at 1:20pm Reply

    I thought Natalia Osipova was surreal at times and looked like a swan when she flew into the air. Her jumps and fast movement of feet are indescribable and unique. Very talented and athletic. Carlos Acosta is also a magnificent companion and his jumps are splendid. His steps are refined and great. Thoroughly enjoyable and educative although I have been to the ROH many times.

  55. Sonia responded on 28 January 2014 at 1:24pm Reply

    Last night from a movie theatre in Rome!
    Natalia Osipova despite being one of the greatest dancer within the international scenario, with an impeccable and superior technique, did not perform her best Giselle. Particularly, the face expression was not pure and authentic enough, to inspire the real drama that should be an escalation of different feelings in between the two acts. I'm afraid this is not the best role to perform for this extraordinary "ballerina".
    Carlos Acosta, another ace of dance, was not at the top at all. He seemed really tired, technically limited and emotionally disconnected.
    Mirtha, one of the key roles in the second act, a complete disaster!
    Unfortunately, the final result did not inspire any sort of emotion able to lead the viewer to "a superior world" as expected.
    I do really love the Royal Opera House and the long tradition that, in my opinion, makes this "giant" one of the best Theatre in the world with highest performances and talents. Not this time...unfortunately!
    But thanks anyway for the hard work done...I will continue to follow each step with the same affection and always appreciating the genius and professionalism!

  56. David Gebbels responded on 28 January 2014 at 2:14pm Reply

    We were held entranced by this production. Boris Grugin, the orchestra, the sets were al wonderful but he Corps de Ballet, the Pas de Six and other lead dancers enthralling. Carlos Acosta so impressive but Natalia Osipova is a Giselle to die for, just unbelievable. Thank you so much ROH for bringing this show (and all your other offerings) to the wider audience across the country and internationally who otherwise would never have been able to enjoy these moments of magic

  57. A timeless ballet with an extraordinary production and cast!!!! What an amazing night!! Really hope that we get to see a DVD of this production as well. :)

  58. Denise Samuel responded on 28 January 2014 at 2:59pm Reply

    Giselle screening last night was magnificent. It is a particular favorite of mine...and what a long way technique has come from the first time I saw this ballet with Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin!
    Osipova and Acosta were magnificent--the other principals,the corps, the set, subdued confection of the costumes, the music...all came together for a glorious performance! Wish the movie theater would hand out a simple one sheet list of credits and brief synopsis, for those who don't know the tragic tale of Giselle.

  59. Ian Grimley responded on 28 January 2014 at 3:20pm Reply

    M wife and I watched Giselle at the Vue cinema in Purley Way, Croydon. This was our first time at one of these events and generally we were very impressed with the experience. The quality of the picture and sound were both exemplary and the performance itself superb.
    The evening was marred, however, by the abrupt loss of live feed right at the end of the performance. Just as the final scene was ending the screen went black and it took the management a couple of minutes to get the sound back. They singularly failed to restore the picture.
    So those in the cinema went from seeing Carlos Acosta weeping over the grave of Giselle to seeing nothing and eventually to hear Darcy Bussell saying goodnight and the end of the applause.
    In my case this turned what should have been a feeling of considerable elation to one of irritation which lasted well after we arrived home.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:33pm

      Dear Ian

      Thank you for your message - I'm sorry to hear that you had such a frustrating experience. I have passed your comment onto our Cinema team and they will be in touch directly.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  60. Nadine Russell responded on 28 January 2014 at 3:55pm Reply

    Although I have seen Giselle a number of times and have never rated it in my top 5, I am just so glad I went to last nights showing at the cinema in Andover! I had goosebumps from the start and by the end I was weeping so hard I was afraid I might make a noise. A truly incredible experience .one for the memory bank for ever.

  61. John Tapscott responded on 28 January 2014 at 4:05pm Reply

    Wasn't too sure what to expect, and certainly was not expecting the cameras following the dancers and showing close-ups of faces, etc. Absolutely fantastic
    Glad that the cinema gave out a short flier as we went in, giving details of stars and, more importantly for me, a brief synopsis of what the story was about.

  62. Christine Makin responded on 28 January 2014 at 4:08pm Reply

    Interesting - cameras need to be further back. I visit Covent Garden once or twice a year to see ballet but cannot more often as I live in Cumbria. On screen the stage looked too small and you could not get the overall effect of the dancing. I felt cameras were too close,

  63. Sarah responded on 28 January 2014 at 4:13pm Reply

    Such a wonderful production. Will this and other live feeds be made available on dvd?. I am sure you would have eager "punters" in 30 countries.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:22pm

      Dear Sarah

      I have had it confirmed that this performance of Giselle will be released on DVD in the autumn.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  64. Paul Blackburn responded on 28 January 2014 at 4:25pm Reply

    I am not normally a ballet enthusiast, but last night's performance was quite breathtaking. I do not agree with those who say the close ups spoilt the show. The camera work was excellent, and balanced. Being able to see the emotions of the dancers is something denied to those in the theatre, and it gave a real authenticity to the story. Thank you, ROH, we will be back.

  65. Erica responded on 28 January 2014 at 4:33pm Reply

    I thought it was a lovely performance and I enjoyed it so much. I think I agree though that there were probably too many closeups which cause us to miss the total effect and ensemble dancing. I liked the view of the whole stage, which felt remarkably like that you would have if you were sitting in the opera house. It's a difficult balance. I liked all the rehearsals intros and the glimpses of the performers just before the curtain went up.
    Though Darcy looked lovely she was an irritating presenter.

  66. Susan Casey responded on 28 January 2014 at 4:50pm Reply

    F A N T A S T I C evening.I was in awe of the standard of dancing. Seeing the ballet in the cinema was almost as goog as being at the Royal Opera House.

  67. Noreen Walsh responded on 28 January 2014 at 5:09pm Reply

    Saw my first Giselle in the 50's and many more down the years by various companies. This production is the best, Osipova and Acosta were sublime. I found it difficult driving home as there were still tears in my eyes!

  68. David Wilson responded on 28 January 2014 at 5:14pm Reply

    Outstanding. Everyone at the top of their game (except 1 who I won’t mention publicly). It equalled Cojacaru – Kobburg of 2006. Mark Monahan summed it up beautifully in the Telegraph – “By the time Osipova’s Giselle makes her… departure you know you have been in the presence of greatness”.Quite.

  69. Stuart Dixon responded on 28 January 2014 at 5:19pm Reply

    Reply to Mark Thackeray - Broadcast Engineer.

    Regarding the translation of Natalia, I was in the Cineworld in Enfield

  70. I strongly disagree with those who assert that there were too many close ups. Those close views showed the wonderful acting abilities of both Carlos Acosta and Natalia Osipova, adding even more drama to their wonderful dancing performances. Indeed the whole corps de ballet showed such powerful anguish and pain during the final scene of Act I, which the live audience would not discern in the Royal Opera House. I think the viewers should trust the long experience of Director, Ross MacGibbon, who has directed countless ballet productions for DVD, and, as a former dancer, knows exactly where the cameras should be focused in these performances. I hope we see exactly this "Giselle" on a DVD soon, with minimal changes - except to extract Darcy's unfortunately uncomfortable interviews. I'm disappointed to see that she is to introduce the two remaining cinema performances this season. This is NOT her forte, even though this was a vast improvement on her Nutcracker interviews. Thank you, Royal Ballet, for a most amazing performance last night! Carlos and Natalia were astounding.
    Little is mentioned above of the Pas de Six - all six dancers gave highly commendable performances. Luca Acri in particular always catches my eye, especially as one of those mischievous urchins in Carlos Acosta's fabulous "Don Quixote" and now again in "Giselle".

  71. William Woolhouse responded on 28 January 2014 at 5:39pm Reply

    Bravo !Brava! Bravi!
    I saw Osipova In Rubies/Jewels at ROH In December.She was breathtaking.I could not get a ticket for Gislelle,so we went to our Local Castle Theatre In Wellingborough.I have seen hundreds of performancers of Giselle,Kirkland/Baryshnikov stand out,as well as Maximova/Vasiliev,but ths was outstanding in every way.The only negative performance If I may say,was that of Kobayashi as queen of the wilis.anyone who has seen Monica Mason in this role will know what I mean.Osipova was as light as thistledown,and ACOSTA,partnered her with great nobility.But he now is past his prime.Watch out for the new kid on the block,his name is Mathew Golding,who will have is debut on 27th MARCH in Sleeping Beauty with Osipova.So Beg steal borrow at ticket for that.A lovely evening,shame about the sweet eating in my theatre.

    me

    • Janet Martin responded on 30 January 2014 at 9:17pm

      I agree with all you say. The performance of Natalia and Carlos was amazing but, like you, I felt that the Queen of the Willis was miscast and didn't get any 'vibes from her at all'. Her dancing was under-par too I thought. I also agree that although Carlos is still great I think he may be labouring a bit now.

  72. Roz responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:00pm Reply

    A stunning performance by Natalia Osipova. I do agree that there were too many close ups. I would also like to say how perfect Yuhui Choi is! Her delicacy and precision is a joy to watch in the pas de six. And a contrast to the sheer abandon of Osipova's Giselle.
    I like Darcey's introduction.

  73. Peter responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:10pm Reply

    Fabulous evening. First time to cinema ballet and nice to be closer than at ROH. Have seen the Wils in black in previous versions and think this was probably more effective. Both principals were stunning.

  74. Kim responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:16pm Reply

    Truly Amazing..a night I will never forget?

  75. Gill Rackham responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:36pm Reply

    Words are totally inadequate to express what I experienced last night in Athens. Pure joy. Thank you Thank you ROH for this superb production utterly engrossing from beginning to end.
    Close ups in this medium added not subtracted from the whole. But subtitles please.

  76. Penny Pottinger responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:42pm Reply

    Watched the performance last night in a local cinema. ABSOLUTELY spellbound. Osipova and Acosta are an astonishing combination - full to the brim of expression within the dance and on the face. Oh my goodness they both seemed to fly and float.The Wili's were extremely beautiful and very powerful. There were very few dry eyes around me during the performance. I would give anything to see this again. Thank you to the entire cast - as a newcomer to ballet I could not have asked for anything more powerful to bring me back.

  77. karen responded on 28 January 2014 at 7:00pm Reply

    Watched Giselle in Worthing cinema last night. WOW. Superb grace and beauty.
    Well done all

  78. Pat Dixon responded on 28 January 2014 at 7:04pm Reply

    An unforgettable evening. Enough has been said about the wonderful dancing (with one exception). I should like to praise my local Odeon (Taunton) who had two full screens, provided us all with cast lists, showed the subtitles for Natalia's interview and provided a faultless transmission. We are always quick to complain when things go wrong so I should like to praise the staff for a change. They were slow to start off but they have now taken these live transmissions on board. The audience behaved well too!

  79. David Schiffhauer responded on 28 January 2014 at 7:33pm Reply

    Bravo!

    Applies to the production, camera work, orchestra, and of course dancing. Well done!

  80. Anne responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:34pm Reply

    I absolutely loved it! Giselle was so fragile and beautiful. It was a shame the cameras followed the principle dancers too closely - the acting was superb but I like the dancing more.
    I do want to make a suggestion regarding the broadcasting - could an announcement be made not to record during the performance or take photos?
    I watched from Maidenhead and someone was recording Act II on their phone and taking flash photograghy. It was very distracting. Fortunately someone told them to stop. But it was annoying while it lasted.

    • Hi Anne,

      We have the announcement at the top of the show in the auditorium which contains a bit about recording and photographs being prohibited. This is always part of the relay, but I will pass your comment on to our production team to see if we can repeat it at some point, or make it more clear.

      Regards,

      Mark Thackeray
      Broadcast Engineer, Royal Opera House

  81. Sandra Scarr responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:44pm Reply

    Natalia Osipova is the perfect ethereal muse as Giselle. Her dancing is extraordinary. Here in Kona Hawaii, we cheered and clapped throughout the curtain calls. thank you for sharing the Royal Opera Ballet with fans across the globe.

  82. Denzil Devos responded on 28 January 2014 at 8:58pm Reply

    We have been hundreds of time to the House when we lived in London and have seen Giselle many times. The coverage was best yet. We could see the dancers muscles moving and the unsteadyness of Koyobashi ending with a little hop. Something we could never see in the House even with binoculars and this helped to make the evening one of my great ballet experiences. Osipova was superb, great height and noisless landings.
    I am not sure whether her characterisation was as good as Moira Shearer or Tamara Roho but her dancing was the best I have ever seen.

  83. Karen responded on 28 January 2014 at 9:38pm Reply

    Absolutely fantastic! Osipova gave such a compelling, convincing performance - she didn't just dance the part, she truly lived it, which the closeups really highlighted. Acosta was equally impressive and the corps de ballet captured the menace of the wilis brilliantly. Please say that this performance will be released on dvd - I can't wait to watch it again!

  84. I thoroughly loved last night's performance with Carlos Acosta and Natalia Osipova. I loved watching both of them dance. And, Osipova is so expressive.

    I just wanted to pass along my compliments. Thank you!

    - Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  85. Andy Law responded on 28 January 2014 at 10:02pm Reply

    I have an immense respect for the work you all do at ROH and hope that you will take the two points below as constructive.

    Regarding Darcey Bussell, perhaps a little more polish on her technique would be helpful, particularly use of the microphone. Enough said.

    Regarding the camera, I agree that there were too many close ups. I had in fact been at the ROH for Osipova's performance nine days earlier on the 18th and in comparison I felt the cinema showing was a slightly poorer experience because of the frequent close-ups of the cast. I understand that close-ups are possible with the camera, but that doesn't mean that they are necessary.

    Attending a real performance has the benefit of being able to see through peripheral vision the entire stage. One can focus on Osipova during a variation for example, but still be aware of other things in progress; one has the "full picture", and her dance is seen in context.

    At a cinema viewing, you only see what the camera man or producer wishes at any point in time, and with many close-ups the fullness of the performance is missed. Of course we wish to see close ups of our favourites, our stars, (which is why I bought my cinema ticket- I was at the back of the stalls on the 18th), and especially to see Osipova's acting but personally I would favour a more balanced use of this device.

    None the less I shall purchase the DVD when it is released! who wouldn't?

    Finally on subtitles: I saw the transmission at the "Screening Rooms", part of the Multiplex Cinema in Cheltenham, and they did not display the Russian subtitles for Osipova's interview. When I questioned the staff about it during the interval, they said it was a ROH problem, not theirs (though having arrived at 6.45pm I do recall seeing on the screen a large note indicating that subtitles would be in use... The cinema was empty at that point).

    Assured of my continued support.

  86. Joan Hopton responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:18pm Reply

    I was completely blown away by last night's performance. It was so special it is difficult to find mere words to express the brilliance of Natalia's performance in particular. I think it was the most moving performance I have seen in my 30 years of ballet going and made very special by the wonderful cinema relay.I attended her performance on the 18th at the ROH but I found the relay enhances not detracts from the actual performance as you can get wonderful close-ups of the dancer's expressions and see nuances of acting not visible from the amphitheatre. Yes, some of the camera angles weren't perfect, especially in the first act; (they nearly missed what Carlos did to the flower) and several times the close-ups were timed when you really needed to see the wider picture of what was going on, but the second act was just sublime. You really believed Natalia was a spirit so light and airy were her leaps, so wonderfully placed were her arm movements and so incredible was her acting. Every emotion was clearly visible in her expressive face; you really suffered with her. Can't wait for the dvd but I really want to see it at the cinema again on the big screen.I know it's due to be encored this Saturday but I don't think near me in Preston and we have tickets to see David Bintley's Prince of the Pagodas this Saturday. Interestingly my Preston Odeon was virtually sold out; something I've never seen before and I'm intrigued to know why. Was it to see Carlos? Have people read the reviews? it's brilliant to know there are ballet lovers over 200 miles from London who can enjoy such an amazing performance. Thank you ROH for making it possible; just encore it soon, please, preferably at Preston or Blackpool.

  87. MFindlay responded on 28 January 2014 at 11:49pm Reply

    I saw Osipova on Saturday 18th and I thought the entire production was excellent She seemed to bring something extra from the entire cast and it is the first time the willis frightened me and I have seen many productions live and on film Osipova is the most convincing Giselle ever!! Well Done RB

  88. Art responded on 29 January 2014 at 7:06am Reply

    We're big fans of your work and very much appreciate being able to see these things from across the Atlantic Ocean in the US.

    We were very disappointed, though, that we couldn't see this broadcast because our theater's equipment malfunctioned at the last moment - we had driven especially to this theater to see it (they do not screen at many locations), shown up at the appointed time, and done everything right to see the show but ultimately the circumstances seemed beyond our control. SInce the exhibitor didn't tell the audience until the last moments that there was a problem, there was no opportunity to drive to a different location, and as it is one night only, there is no further opportunity to see the show. They said they could not do an encore without the OK of the distributor.

    Is there any way the ROH could let this location show a make up screening? Many of us were left very disappointed, doubly so to be left out of the world-wide audience for the event, triply so because your social media efforts STILL show up in feeds with everyone's comments. Please let us know if anything can be done (even if not, we hate to be left hanging!!) We were at the Connecticut Post 14 in Milford, Connecticut.

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 29 January 2014 at 10:34am

      Hi,

      Sorry to hear about the technical problems at the cinema in Milford. We'll contact them to discuss.

      Apologies,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  89. Clair Allan responded on 29 January 2014 at 9:44am Reply

    I watched Giselle in Kettering Odeon on Monday evening - what a privilege to see such a wonderful performance, especially from Natalia. I wept through most of it! I am so grateful that we are able to see these wonderful performances at our local cinemas - it is a long way to London for me and would be so expensive. I'm looking forward to the Sleeping Beauty in March.

  90. Caroline Robinson responded on 29 January 2014 at 9:55am Reply

    Thank you Royal Ballet for brightening up a miserable wet Monday evening in Belfast. Osipova was devine, truly mesmerising. Carlos was as always, gorgeous and the corps were lovely. The only critism was the camera work. Did they not rehearse? Far too much close work at the wrong time, please sort this for next time. I have my tickets for Sleeping Beauty booked, roll on March.

    • Gerald Carson responded on 30 January 2014 at 9:48pm

      Hi Caroline............ Like you I saw this in Belfast. However I was at the live performance at the ROH the Wednesday night before. At that performance there were camera crews at the front of the stalls .... Perhaps they were doing a dry run for the cinema screening.

  91. Sublime, émouvant et parfait. Musiciens et chef d'orchestre, corps de ballet, danseurs solistes ! ..Il n'y a pas de mots assez proches pour exprimer mon admiration et ma joie d'avoir passé plus de deux heures dans le cinéma de Selles sur Cher (41130) à voir ce que je n'avais jamais vu : la perfection !
    Dieu que c'était beau. En plus le jeu des "acteurs" était merveilleux et représentait bien les sentiments de l'histoire. Et au cinéma nous sommes si près des personnages !
    Je vais toujours voir le ROH au cinéma de notre petite ville et c'est un immense privilège qui nous permet d'assister à des spectacles grandioses. Merci mille fois

  92. Chris and Bruce Tulloch responded on 29 January 2014 at 11:05am Reply

    Simply - thank you, thank you for making such a fantastic show available so widely. No wearying journey to London, no fighting with commuter crowds, no late late night struggle against drunken revellers in the Tube, (no Tube - hooray!), and back to our West Sussex home in 10 minutes, in time for pensioners' supper. And all at a price we can afford. Forget the trivial criticisms of camera work: these live screenings are an unqualified success.
    Huge gratitude to all who made it possible, from the on-stage stars to the back-office tecchies!

  93. Bonjour, Puis-je savoir pourquoi vous déformez ce que j'avais écrti ? Cela n'a plus aucun sens.
    Pouvez-vous mettre mon commentaire au complet et non un mot sur deux, ne pas changer l'orthographe et faire des fautes où je n'en avais pas fait. exemple 1000 fois et non foie (liver) cliquez sur le texte que vous avez mis et vous verrez le bon texte.
    Merci de faire le nécessaire

  94. Martin Key responded on 29 January 2014 at 12:47pm Reply

    I'm not normally a big fan of ballet but this show has me converted. Stunning dancing from everyone (especially Natalia), lovely set, beautiful music, brilliant orchestra, and excellent camera work to make the visit to the cinema in Banbury, Oxfordshire a real occasion. Much easier to get to (and cheaper) than travelling to London. I feel very sorry for those where the equipment malfunctioned as they missed a wonderful evening..

  95. Wonderful performances by the principals and soloists, and the corps de ballet were just breathtaking. As other commenters have mentioned there were perhaps too many close ups of principal's faces, detracting from the staging at times; that said, the camera work was incredible on the whole and it was amazing to see the details, particularly the shots of corps' hands, which I found incredibly effective. Bravo and huge thanks to the ROH for providing such an experience, I look forward to many more!

  96. Giselle this evening was beautiful and captivating. The Corps de Ballet and Ocasta were sublime but Osipova was a real force of nature. FACT Liverpool as ever delivered a beautiful environment in which to watch it.

    Personally, I do not mind seeing the close-ups - after all, I am in a Cinema, so this adds a little something extra to the performance in my opinion - something you do not get when sitting in the live performance, so I think the balance is great.

    Tickets booked for The Sleeping Beauty and The Winter's Tale.

  97. While some have commented that there were too many close-ups, I appreciated the close-ups. I loved seeing Natalia Osipova's expressions. To me, it adds richness to the experience that normally isn't available, even to those who attended the live event. As mentioned in a prior comment, I loved the performance.

  98. Tatyana Preiser responded on 29 January 2014 at 5:36pm Reply

    Tried to watch the Giselle lif feed in Houston, TX ( Cinemark movie theaters).
    TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT DUE TO THE DISTORTION OF THE IMAGES: HORIZONTAL STRETCH WAS SUCH THAT THE WIDTH OF THE DANCER'S BODIES WAS LARGER THAT THE HEIGHT.

    WAS TOLD THAT THIS DISTORTION WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO CORRECT THROUGH THE EQUIPMENT IN THE THEATER.

    HAD TO LEAVE AND DEMAND THE TICKET REFUND.

    SOME OTHER VIEWERS FOLLOWED AND TOLD ME THAT THE DISTORTION OF IMAGES, OR EVEN TOTAL LACK OF TRANSMISSION HAPPENED ONLY FOR LONDON, NOT FOR ny, OR EVEN MOSCOW.

    PLEASE, LOOK INTO THE MATTER ASAP.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 30 January 2014 at 2:47pm

      Dear Tatyana

      Sorry to hear that you had such a disappointing experience.

      I have passed your comment on to our cinema team and they will be in touch to discuss further.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  99. Volker from Hamburg/Germany responded on 29 January 2014 at 6:11pm Reply

    My wife and I followed Giselle in a cinema and have been overwhelmed. We never saw such a tremendous performance and so very excellent actors with such a warm communication to the audience. Thanks so much to principals and soloists.

  100. Absolutely wonderful performance by Carlos, Natalia and the soloists and the Corps de Ballet were absolutely breathtaking. I am so looking forward to Sleeping Beauty in March. Thank you so much for a beautiful performance and a very special evening for me.

  101. karen b responded on 29 January 2014 at 11:05pm Reply

    Hi, I've just been reading some of the comments about Monday's screening of Giselle. I've been to every one of the Royal Ballet live cinema screenings since they started and just wanted to say that they get better every time. The lighting has improved dramatically; it used to be quite dark. Shame about the subtitles, ours were in french at the showcase in Reading which was fine for me but not for others who would have liked to understand what Natalia was saying. Wonderful performances, I loved it!

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 30 January 2014 at 10:07am

      Hi Karen,

      Glad you enjoy the screenings. We'll look into the subtitles issue. It's possible that the cinema you went to switched in the wrong title feed as it seems to have been a localized issue but we'll check with the cinema to avoid this happening in future.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  102. Ron Huxley responded on 30 January 2014 at 3:00am Reply

    It was spell binding,and the dancing was excellent.great memories we loved it thanks for such a fantastic night

  103. Claire Fairgrieve responded on 30 January 2014 at 8:26am Reply

    The recent production of Giselle live at the cinema filled all my senses. It was mesmerising and quite beautiful. Of course, Carlos and Natalia were fantastic principal dancers and raised the cast and audience to new heights.
    Thank you ROH for introducing so many to the ballet experience. I wish I could clap when the ROH audience does! I start and then realise that cinema people do not!!!

  104. Joyce responded on 30 January 2014 at 2:11pm Reply

    Absolutely loved it, would have liked to see more of the stage, felt I missed some of the background action/dancing with so much close up of principals. Camera just needed to pan out a little. Great performance though - looking forward to other ballets.

  105. Jean Nelson responded on 30 January 2014 at 4:49pm Reply

    This was the second ballet I have seen streamed live in my local cinema and I would just like to add my heartfelt comments to the others in this extremely long list! May I say that this particular ballet was AMAZING. I hadn't seen it before (being fairly new to ballet performances) but I absolutely loved it! Thank you. I also would like to say that I thoroughly enjoy seeing the performances in my local cinema and I congratulate the ROH for sourcing this innovative way of showing live theatre to a mass audience - 30 countries and over 1300 cinemas - WOW that's a lot of people! Well done and keep it up.

  106. Annie Gwyn responded on 30 January 2014 at 8:23pm Reply

    A real treat to see such an amazing display of emotion and artistry with this production. Only my 4th ballet and I am now hooked and will certainly go to Sleeping Beauty .... can't wait!

  107. Gerald Carson responded on 30 January 2014 at 8:46pm Reply

    First things first...... I booked this performance at my local cinema some month's ago and forgot the date for this performance. In fact I travelled to London to watch the live Performance last week, so imagine my delight watching the same cast again.

    Both live and cinema performances where astonishing. From the front stalls, Osipova communicated with excruciating effect a Giselle that really got under one's skin."........almost enbearable to watch at the end of the first act. I thought the cinema screening could never really replicate this as well. I also thought the occasional close up shots took away from the screening, but these are minor criticisms on my part.

    The corps de ballet performed brilliantly as did Carlos. Having seen Marianela Nunez perform the role of Myrtha a few years ago, I thought it would be a difficult one to follow, but again this should be seen in the context of an exceptionally good performance all round.

    Last, but not least....... Yuhui Choe. I saw her in L'Derry last year and was stunned by her performance then. Again in both live and cinema showing, she once again performed spectacularly. Some food for thought.........why still a first soloist?

  108. L Beatty responded on 31 January 2014 at 12:35pm Reply

    Hear hear for Yehui. She's always a delight to watch - such musicality and precision. She' s dancing Sleeping Beauty on 26 February so she's getting there....

    Regarding too many close-ups,in the second act there was one shot of the whole stage from a distance when Osipova simply flew across the stage from one side to the other which was magical. We must have missed more of this. Still loved it all though.

  109. "While the hype around Natalia Osipova is by no means unjustified, I think it a shame that Sarah Lamb is receiving so little attention for her beautiful performance (I have yet to read a review in the papers AND no one seems to have taken any photographs!). Her Giselle is the one that continues to haunt me."

    Please check out my review on blogger:
    http://iheartballet.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/two-very-different-giselles-january.html

  110. M Hill responded on 31 January 2014 at 6:54pm Reply

    Attended the matinee at the ROH yesterday - great seats in the orchestra stalls and the performances were wonderful. Would love to see the recording of Osipova and Acosta though - will it be released on DVD?

  111. R Paton responded on 31 January 2014 at 7:36pm Reply

    My wife and I (and half of our friends from South-West Cheshire and North Wales, as it turned out) saw this in Wrexham. No problems with subtitles. Excellent stereo sound, all from the front, as if from an orchestra. Only gripe was that the main "whole stage" camera was off-centre. Half the audience brought a picnic to eat in the Interval: don't spoil this.

  112. John Ingham responded on 1 February 2014 at 7:02am Reply

    I have just watched a recording of your Nutcracker Ballet in my local theatre. Of course the ballet itself was of the standard expected of the Royal Opera. But I was disappointed in the manner in which the video was shot.
    I have worked professionally in media production all my life, and while I acknowledge that the standard of camera-work was excellent, I believe that your video people need to re-assess the way they present these performances.
    Traditionally, television was always displayed on a small screen so one of the tasks of the Director was to take copious close-ups so that the audience could better see expressions on faces etc.
    But where you are shooting video which you KNOW will be shown on a large theatre screen, a different approach is needed.
    When moving dancers are shot too close-up, there is far too much judder/blur when projected onto a theatre-size screen which seriously detracts from the experience.
    I would have preferred that you limited your "close-ups" to no more than (say) 1/3 of the stage width, and ALWAYS show the feet of the performers - after all it is a Ballet - we don't need facial close-ups! Also, the sets and costumes used are 30 years old and intended for stage use only - they should not be examined too closely!
    In summary then, apart from the "behind stage introductions" etc., I would prefer my viewing experience to be as close to "being there" as possible.
    After all, this form of presentation is new and unique, and careful consideration needs to be given to that fact - not simply using the same "tried and true" techniques honed over the years for the small screen.
    John Ingham

  113. Virginia Vida responded on 1 February 2014 at 6:20pm Reply

    Osipova was phenomenal as Giselle. Please make a DVD available for purchase.

    • Hi Virginia! If you read the comments above, you will find the following reply from Ellen to a similar enquiry :-

      Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:22pm
      Dear Sarah

      I have had it confirmed that this performance of Giselle will be released on DVD in the autumn.

      Best wishes

      Ellen
      ............................................................. This is wonderful news!!

  114. Karen Swann responded on 3 February 2014 at 8:07pm Reply

    Outstanding, breathtaking, captivating, emotional....... cannot praise the performance of Giselle enough. Couldn't take my eyes of it for a second. Music wonderful! Stunning performance. So want to see it again.

  115. sarah langfield responded on 7 February 2014 at 8:56pm Reply

    At covent garden who were the 5 different Myrthas?

  116. Paul Blakey responded on 10 February 2014 at 1:01am Reply

    Fantastic performance, but once again I have to complain about the way it was filmed with too many middle and close up shots that destroyed the flow of the staging. The whole point of a live broadcast should be to give the cinema audience the theatre experience, not Coronation Street. Fire Paul Wu and get someone who knows dance to do the show.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 10 February 2014 at 10:58am

      Dear Paul

      Thank you for your feedback, which I have passed on to the Cinema team.

      Paul Wu did not, in fact, direct the actual broadcast. He shot the interval films for us.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  117. faith bracamonte responded on 18 February 2014 at 4:49pm Reply

    we enjoyed the ballet very much

    faith aged 6

  118. Sarah Rowles responded on 28 February 2014 at 10:17am Reply

    I saw this in Brisbane Australia this morning. This is the cast and version I want to see always! The mime was fantastic and made sense completely for a change, absolutely right with every gesture, and sucked me right in. I cried at the end of the first act, and was snivelling at the end of the second. Osipova and Acosta so great together. She is wonderful, on every way, just made the role come alive. Cinema audience applauded all the solos, a fabulous experience. Will this be coming out on DVD? My apologies if this question has already been asked...

  119. John Graham responded on 2 March 2014 at 12:30pm Reply

    Yes, Sarah, "Giselle" will be available on DVD in the autumn! Something to look forward to very much! I have just read that the much anticipated DVD and Blu-ray of Carlos Acosta's production of "Don Quixote", in which he and Marianella Nunez are principal dancers, is to be available on 31st March. If you also saw this in live cinema relay, I'm sure you will also want to buy this. If you did not see it - buy it anyhow ..... it is AMAZING!!

  120. Clive Hasnip responded on 23 March 2014 at 12:29pm Reply

    Watched Giselle in Limassol last night. The audience was spellbound, nor a murmur.
    Lovely to see Darcey as always.
    Ballet has come a long way in a relatively short time.
    Who could want for anything more, it makes everything worthwhile.

  121. Julide Kavak responded on 28 May 2014 at 10:37pm Reply

    I have been involved in the ballet world for 30 years ,seeing Osipova made me decide that she must be the most convincing Giselle ever. Also,my god she can fly! So weightless. I cried from end of act 1 to all throughout the act 2. Only time i stopped crying ,was to say "what the..!" was when Myrta (Kobayashi) started dancing.Why so stompy,rigid,heavy.. I even wondered if she was drunk! Sorry but Myrta is a signature character there and for me it was missing.

  122. gregory responded on 30 May 2014 at 10:52pm Reply

    My wife and I would like to thank Miss Osipova from the bottom of our hearts for what can only be described as the greatest performance of Giselle we have ever witnessed. We were taught Giselle by Molly Lake who was a pupil of Cecchetti and danced the role of Myrtha, Queen of the Willies in Anna Pavlova's company so Giselle has a very special place in our hearts.From that moment the cottage door opened and Natalia appeared on stage our emotional roller coaster ride began. Her classical technique possesses the quality of movement that can only come from a true artist's soul and years of impeccable training. Miss Osipova's lyrical, exquisite port de bras the likes of I have not witnessed in the west is exactly what port de bras should be. Cat like jumps that soar through the air defying gravity and the inevitable return to earth is done so with a softness and utter silence. What I have never seen in 35 years of performing & watching Giselle performances was how Natalia was able to create the spirit. It was almost a religious experience. Void of a life energy, rarely lifting your eyes I wept for the entire 2nd act. I never wish to see another performance of Giselle again as Natalia raised the bar so high and in our minds she was Giselle. A colleague of mine was also @ the performance and he said to me and I quote "Gregory I have been going to the Opera and Orchestral performances for over 45 years. I don't know much about ballet, but that was the greatest Artistic performance I have ever seen! That my dear says it all. You,, have a gift, an ability to communicate with your audience. I thank you for the joy & the wonderful memories you brought my wife and I on Monday evening Jan 27th

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