Giselle review – Muntagirov and Nuñez display absolute mastery

Royal Opera House, London
The acting is superb and the dancing has real authority in Peter Wright’s production which opens up dramatic opportunities for the whole cast

Like every classic of the ballet repertory, Giselle is principally the story of a love affair. Yet it’s also a ballet about society and class, and Peter Wright’s production has always been outstanding for the human texture it gives to the world the two lovers inhabit, and for the dramatic opportunities it gives to the entire cast. In Wright’s production, the ensemble are almost as important as the ballerina and her partner.

This season, Vadim Muntagirov makes his debut as the duplicitous Count Albrecht and he dances the role magnificently. Innately elegant, with his graceful carriage, finely stretched feet, and crisp, soaring jump, he moves with privilege bred in his bones. But an equally vivid register of Albrecht’s character is his relationship with his squire, played by Johannes Stepanek. The latter’s subtly ironic contempt, as he helps Albrecht disguise his identity from Giselle, says everything about Albrecht’s spoilt, romantic nature – a man used to indulging his emotions without ever imagining the consequences.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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