|Natalia Osipova as Giselle|
Photo: Bill Cooper / ROH
Giselle (DVD), Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House - reviewed on 25th September
The story of Giselle is beautifully conveyed in a new Royal Ballet DVD directed by Ross MacGibbon. Through well-timed close-ups, the recording shows narrative details I've never noticed before such that Giselle's weak heart, betrayal and death become particularly poignant.
Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta impress in the leading roles, supported well by Deirdre Chapman and Thomas Whitehead as Berthe and Hilarion respectively. Osipova is sublime in particular, with effortless technique, beautifully held balances and enormous jumps. She is a Giselle to fall in love with - a joyous, carefree peasant girl in Act I and an ethereal, other-worldly Wili in Act II.