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The strength of the Kirov Ballet's Giselle is also, in a sense, its principal weakness: this is a no-gimmicks, no-frills production in a performing tradition that goes back to the introduction of the work to Russia in the mid-19th century. The advantage of this is that, after all, Adam's ballet is a work of deliberate naiveté, in which a village maiden dies of a broken heart over the mere fact that her lover has deceived her about his social class; there is no subtext here nor any need for any. Galina Mezentseva is more or less perfect, both in the delicate simplicity of her every gesture and movement and in the overall sweetness and devotion that they convey; Konstantin Zaklinsky is an equally fine Albrecht--for once we entirely believe in his absence of malicious intent and welcome his salvation from her vengeful fellow ghosts. Of the others, Gennadi Selyutsky is a slightly melodramatic Hilarion, whose death in terror is a fine piece of high Victorian theatre, and Tatyana Terekhova makes the spirits' leader a figure in whom terrifying justice and vengefulness are united. On the DVD: The DVD has no frills either except for a link to the NVC-arts Web site; the booklet provides a synopsis and, criminally, no other information about either ballet, production or stars. --Roz Kaveney

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play  Romantic ballet &39;Giselle&39; first performed in 1841 is staged here by the famous Kirov Ballet choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (revised by Marius Petipa) Count Albrecht loves Giselle but knows that she will reject his advances if she is aware of his heritage To this end he pretends to be a peasant and the pair soon find love However their oath of eternal faith is soon put to the ultimate test Dancers include Galina Mezentseva Konstantin Zaklinsky Gennadi Selyutsky and Tatyana Terekhova

Romantic ballet 'Giselle', first performed in 1841, is staged here by the famous Kirov Ballet, choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (revised by Marius Petipa). Count Albrecht loves Giselle, but knows that she will reject his advances if she is aware of his heritage. To this end, he pretends to be a peasant, and the pair soon find love. However, their oath of eternal faith is soon put to the ultimate test. Dancers include Galina Mezentseva, Konstantin Zaklinsky, Gennadi Selyutsky and Tatyana Terekhova.

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