Today in 2023 in St.Petersburg Giselle ballet is staged in all the major ballet theatres: Mariinsky Theatre, Mikhailovsky Theatre, Hermitage Theatre, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Aurora Ballet Hall and Russian Classical Ballet Palace.
The Mariinsky Theatre is a historic stage, where Giselle or The Wilis by Marius Petipa, was premiered in Russia on 5 February 1884. The meaning of Mariinsky Theatre for russian ballet history and for Giselle performance can not be underestimated. The first, the best and the greatest - the most suitable characteristics for Mariinsky Theatre and it’s Giselle performance, directed by Maestro Valery Gergiev.
If one is lucky enough to buy a couple of tickets to Giselle or The Wilis ballet in Mariinsky Theatre - he can truly be sure, he will have a life-time experience. Unfortunately, Giselle or The Wilis ballet in Mariinsky Theatre is staged only a dozen times a year, and huge ammount of best-view and good-view tickets immediately goes to black market resellers, where they are sold at least two times more expensive.
The Mikhailovsky Theatre is one of Russia's oldest opera and ballet houses. It was founded in 1833 and is situated in a historical building on the Arts Square in St. Petersburg. The current production of Giselle or The Wilis by Nikita Dolgushin after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, staged in Mikhailovsky Theatre was premiered on 3 November 2007.
Nikita Dolgushin inspired the creation of the ballet and delicately united dance and mime. He revealed the essence of the romantic ballet, the story of Giselle is told in the language of ballet classicism. Together with Viacheslav Okunev, who designed the epitome of romantic settings, Dolgushin made a production that was described by a British critic ‘an exemplary Giselle’.
The Hermitage theatre is known by the most intimate version of Giselle. The theatre used to be family theater of the royal family. Giselle in the Hermitage theatre is more romantic than anywhere else. While the original choreography is conserved, the Hermitage version of the famous Giselle has notable touch of the Russian ballet school.
The Hermitage theatre is quite small and Giselle is very popular among locals, so advance bookings are highly recommended if you wish to buy the best tickets for Giselle or The Wilis ballet in the Hermitage theatre.
Giselle or The Wilis in the Alexandrinsky theatre is always classical one, with excellent decorations and famous dancers. The version of Giselle in Alexandrinsky is romantic one. There are quite many performances of Giselle in the Alexandrinsky theatre during the Summer season, offering many available tickets for Giselle ballet during the high season.
Aurora ballet hall is not centrally located, however the place is quite convenient. The building of the concert hall is quite modern. It does not have atmosphere of an ancient theatre, but the ballet itself is good. Giselle or The Wilis in the Aurora Ballet Hall has a touch of Russian modernism. The ballet-hall, offering excellent views of the Neva river, is quite spacious, so for those who need, so if you want to buy last-minute ticket for Giselle or The Wilis ballet in St. Petersburg, Aurora ballet hall might be an option.
Giselle in The Russian Classical Ballet Palace, which is located at the Arts square, where the majority of the Russian ballets were born, is definitely good choice for those, who prefer Russian classical ballet as is. The performanсe of Giselle or The Wilis in the Russian Classical Ballet Palace is always an event for true ballet lovers.