So today I discovered an alternative ending of Giselle (year 1903) and I have literally NO CHILL!
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Wanna know more, all of you, right?
OK, so there’s the so called traditional ending – Giselle returns to her grave and Albert stays alone on stage with a flower from her. In some production it seems like he just woke up, so no one actually knows, if the whole 2nd Act was real or not.
Then we have the original libretto, where Giselle was kind of, erm, swallowed by flowers on a hill near the forest lake, but before she disappears, she told Albert to give his love for her to Bathilde. Then prince of Courland and Wilfride and Bathilde came on stage, and Albert brokenly fell in Bathilde’s arms (or Wilfride’s arms with his hand towards Bathilde).
– I’m not sure at the moment, but I think I read that this ending wasn’t quite as good as the authors thought it would be, so when Perrot restaged this ballet in Russia, he changed it. But while Giselle was danced in 1860′s at Opera, it was with this ending. And I think Lifar did the same with his 1930′s version. But as I said, I’m not sure at all. I still don’t have any sources to Petipa’s revivals. I know about some things he changed (storywise – like the reason WHY Giselle died and what was Albert reaction to it), but I don’t know which ending he used in his three versions of this ballet. However we have the third source coming…
In this case I mentioned – choreographic notation made by Nikolai Sergeyev around 1903 (Sergeyev worked in Mariinsky, where Petipa did all his Giselle revivals, the last one in 1899, so it seems logical to assume, it’s this version that was written down) – Albert put Giselle near a grave on the other side of the stage, because he thought, she won’t left since it’s not actually HER grave. But because Giselle was, you know, dead, she disappeared after saying to Albert she forgives him. He tried to find someone to help, but was too exhausted. And then noblemen came on stage and. They. Found. Albert. DEAD.
All right. Now pretend you are all as excited about this as I am.