On April 1 and 2, the dancers from the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre performed Giselle, one of the crown jewels of the company's classical repertoire, at the famous Theater Im Pfalzbau in the German city of Ludwigshafen.
This wonderful, world-famous romantic creation, with a plot in the fantasy genre and music by Adolphe Adam, has been preserved in Marius Petipa's version, with original choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.
On their visit to Germany, the Saint-Petersburg dancers performed to a full house and received many rounds of heartfelt applause. Such a resounding success and the German public's enthusiasm are especially noteworthy and flattering because the nights of the performance preceded the Easter Weekend, since this year, European Christians celebrated the holiday on April 5. In other words, the Russian company arrived at the time when the people who work in Ludwigshafen usually prepare to go back home for Easter.
Both performances of the ballet were accompanied by the national philharmonic orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, which was conducted by a guest star, Adrian Prabava. The musicians of Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the largest and the most famous orchestra in the Rhineland-Palatinate region, displayed incredible skill and precision while performing together with our dancers. In turn, Maestro Prabava, who is renowned for collaborating with the best orchestras of Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands, and other European countries, proved himself to be an unmatched virtuoso. Mustering all of his creativity, he successfully tackled Giselle's complex music score, even though it was his first time conducting this ballet: like a true professional, he selected a different tempo for each pair of soloists that performed the main parts of April 1 and 2, sensing all the subtle differences between the dancers' individual performing style and technique.
A state-of-the-art venue, Theater Im Pfalzbau is in great demand among various audiences and has seen active development over the past years: it stages a large number of shows for children, young adults, and middle-aged theatre-goers, including plays from its own repertoire and guest performances; its management collaborates extensively with a wide range of diverse theatre companies; and finally, its playbill features the renowned classics and theatrical experiments, boasting an impressive line-up of playwrights, from ancient and classic authors to today's hippest of the hip.
Theater Im Pfalzbau is currently staging dramas and children's shows, and hosting interesting concerts and stunning performances by dance and music companies from across the world.