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It’s been awhile since I posted a ballet video. Normally, a good Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers would go here. But today, I wanted to post this pas de deux from Giselle with Alina Cojacaru and fiancé Johann Kobberg. 

I’m not a fan of story ballets as I’ve said before. Too much 19th century melodrama. But the second act of Giselle is breathtaking. Backstory, Albrecht pretending he’s another peasant, falls in love with Giselle without telling her he’s betrothed to a noblewoman. When Giselle finds out the truth, she dies of a broken heart. Late one night, Albrect goes looking for her. She’s become a wylly, the spirit of a betrayed woman. The  wyllies are commanded by their queen Myrta to dance their former suitors to death. Giselle intervenes for Albrect and saves him then as the sun rises, she fades away. 

This pas is beautiful between this couple. She floats, he sets her down so gently. One night and she’s gone. Lovely. 



5 Responses

  1. That was beautiful.

    • Yes it is. Did you notice about halfway thru when they are facing each other just before she leans back and he catches her, they look at each other so lovingly. He’s admiring her grace, she trusts him completely…

      I can’t find too many other ballet pairs that are made for each other like these two. There are a lot of Giselle pas but this one is special.

  2. Must go forage for Reblechon cheese, which I just know I’m not going to find in Pittsburgh.

  3. OMG, that was so lovely. Thank you, RD. Much needed this morning. Follow the mice to the cheese. 8:)

    Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Hannukah everyone.

  4. Weightlessness!

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