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2020 / 2021                 Main Hall                  the 8th Season

16 / 17 / 18 March * Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday * 7:00 pm



Adolphe ADAM


Ballet in 2 acts



Ballet Master - Producer: Altynai Asylmuratova, People's Artist of Russia

Assistant Ballet Masters - Producers: Konstantin Zaklinsky, Honoured Artist of Russia / Elena Sherstneva

Conductor: Arman Urazgaliyev

Set Designer: Ezio Frigerio

Costume Designer: Franca Squarciapino

Lighting Designer: Vincenzo Raponi



The story is based on the legend about the Wilis – maidens who had died because of being deceived by their lovers and kept a dangerous grudge against all the male mortals. Dressed in bridal gowns, the Wilis compel the wayfarers to join in their giddy whirling movements until they die from exhaustion. French writer Théophile Gautier was inspired by Heinrich Heine’s story and, within days, together with Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges created the plot. Adolphe Adam wrote the music in three weeks. The experienced Jean Coralli and the young Jules Perrot were chosen to design the choreography.

Soon after the premiere at the Paris Grand Opéra on 28 June 1841, Giselle was recognized as a remarkable achievement of ballet art. The unique balance of storyline and choreography determined success of the ballet, primarily in Russia. In 1850s in Saint Petersburg the ballet was further improved by Jules Perrot. However, the final choreographic version belongs to Marius Petipa, who, with respect to the romantic ballet style, polished it masterly and became the third choreographer of Giselle.

Carlotta Grisi became the first to dance Giselle, followed by outstanding Russian ballerinas, such as Tamara Karsavina, Anna Pavlova, Olga Spessivtseva, Galina Ulanova, Natalia Bessmertnova and Altynai Asylmuratova...

The plot of Giselle is clear and compact: two acts – the real and fantastic worlds -symbolize the opposition of dreams and severe reality.

The main treasure of Giselle is in its choreography that features arabesque – one of the most beautiful forms of classical dance. The choreographic beauty of the Wilis fascinates the audience forever. Time, fashion and tastes change, however, Giselle’s success is eternal.





Giselle:            Aigerim BEKETAYEVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


Albrecht:         Yerkin RAKHMATULLAYEV, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


Hans:               Sultanbek GUMAR (first performance)


Myrtha:           Yelena SEMENOVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


Wilfried:         Olzhas ANUARBEK


Inserted Pas de Deux: Moldir SHAKIMOVA, Aibar TOKTAR


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Giselle:            Anastasia ZAKLINSKAYA


Albrecht:         Olzhas TARLANOV


Hans:               Daniyar ZHUMATAYEV


Myrtha:           Yerkezhan ZHUNUSSOVA


Wilfried:         Zhananur ZHANABEKOV


Inserted Pas de Deux: Mariko KITAMURA, Yevgeniy RYBKIN (first performance)


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Giselle:            Gaukhar USSINA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan (first performance)


Albrecht:         Bakhtiyar ADAMZHAN, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


Hans:               Nikolay KORSHUNOV (first performance)


Myrtha:           Yelena SEMENOVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


Wilfried:         Olzhas ANUARBEK


Inserted Pas de Deux: Moldir SHAKIMOVA, Aibar TOKTAR






Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including one interval)