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.
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