The Slovak National Theatre in Giselle
09/01/2012 - 09/01/2012
The stage of Florence's Teatro Verdi is preparing to welcome the Slovak National Theatre ballet ensemble in Giselle, a classical romantic ballet based on the libretto by Théophile Gautier, with music by Adolphe-Charles Adam and the original choreography by Jean Coralli.
The Slovak National Theatre was founded in 1920 and is one of the most important cultural institutions in the country. Nowadays it is made up of three sections, opera, theatre and ballet, each with its own permanent professional company.
This production, directed by Ondrej Šoth, has a strong visual impact, owing to its exceptional choreography and the intensity of the performance.
Also taking part in this production is the doyen of folk dance, Juraj Kubánka, who has successfully included elements of traditional dance in the classical choreography in order to strengthen the link between the narration and rural setting of the first act of Giselle, thus emphasising the contrast between the material world and ethereal world in which the following act takes place.