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compilations or telecasts
starring various artists:

The Astonishing Moiseyev
Dance Co., Vol 1 & 2

Moiseyev: His World of Dance

Vincente Fernández Flamenco Co.
From Granada to Jerez

Art of the Pas de Deux

 all-star compliation
Art of the Pas de Deux, Vol. 2
all-star compilation
Art of the Pas de Deux, Vol. 3
all-star compilation

Pas de Deux
McBride, Olsen, others

Great Stars of Russian Ballet, Vol 1 & 2

Great Stars of Russian Ballet, Vol. 3 & 4

Stars of the Russian Ballet
Ulanova, Plisetskaya,
Sergeyev, Zhdanov

Nina Ananiashvili
& Int'l Stars, Vol. 1

Nina AnaniashviliI
& Int'l Stars, Vol. 2

& documentary
- alphabetically by artist:

, Alicia
Prima Ballerina Assoluta

Bruhn, Erik
Bell Telephone Hour

Bujones, Fernando
with Cynthia Gregory, Live

, Yvette
France's Ballerina Assoluta

, Jacques
Portrait of a Great
American Dancer

An Evening with

with Fernando Bujones, Live

, José
Three Modern Ballets

Loudières, Monique
Comme les Oiseaux - A Portrait

Malakhov, Vladimir
True Prince

Maximova, Ekaterina
Katia & Volodia

, Rudolph
Bell Telephone Hour

Plisetskaya, Maya

Plisetskaya Dances

with Vasiliev,
Begak, Liepa
Swan Lake
with Bogatirev
The Seagull
with Bogatirev

A Portrait

Tallchief, Maria
Art of

Vasiliev, Vladimir
Katia & Volodia


Violette & Mr. B.
The Artist Teacher

Alphabetically by Ballet

Anna Karenina

Plisetskaya, Godunov
Anna Karenina
Plisetskaya, Petukhov,

Maximova, Vasiliev

Le Baiser de la Fée
Yatsenko, Malakhov

Carmen Suite Ballet
Plisetskaya, Fadeyechv,

Barbieri, Ashmole, Bintley,

Fonteyn, Somes,
Ashton, MacMillan

Don Quixote
Ananiashvili, Fadeyechev
Don Quixote
Pavlova, Gordeev. others

Enchantress, The
Zyryanova, Stepanov, Korzhakova,

Fracci, Bortoluzzi, Razzi, Telloli

Gaîté Parisienne
Danilova, Franklin, Danielian

Tuisova, Rumyantsev

Kain, Augystyn

Nureyev, Fracci
Alonso, Vasiliev

Little Humpbacked Horse, The
Plisetskaya, Vasiliev

Lieutenant Kijé
Vasiliev, Struchkova

Marco Spada
Nureyev, Thesmar

Dolgushin, Smirnova, others

Murro, Sutera, Carbone

Semenyaka, Elagin

Rakes Progress
Morse, Katrak, Reeder, others

Kolpakova, Berezhnoi

Rite of Spring
Galimullin, Tsoi

Romeo and Juliet
Maximova, Vasiliev
Romeo and Juliet
Ulanova, Zhdanov

Plisetkskaya, Bogatirev

Sleeping Beauty
Nureyev, Tennant

Sleeping Beauty

Fonteyn, Somes, Ashton

Vasiliev, Bessmertnova, Liepa
Vasiliev, Maximova, Liepa

Stone Flower
Maximova, Vasiliev

Swan Lake
Ananiashvili, Fadeyechev
Swan Lake
Plisetskaya, Fadeyechev

Swan Lake
Plisetskaya, Bogatirev

Massine's Symphonie Fantastique
Erik Bruhn, Toni Lander,
and Stanley Williams
Royal Danish Ballet, 1948

Trapeze / Fragments of a Biography
Maximova, Vasiliev, Liepa,
Timofeyeva, Aleksei Fadeyechev,
and others.


VAI DVD 4391, $34.95

On October 31, 1980, a unique event in the world of dance took place at the Grand Theatre of Havana. Alicia Alonso, the prima ballerina assoluta of the 20th century, and Vladimir Vasiliev, the most distinguished Russian male dancer of his era, performed together for the first time. This video documents that unforgettable Giselle, presenting the two great stars accompanied by a first-rate supporting cast and the famous corps de ballet of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba.

(Please note: part of the original video master for this performance was lost; the version presented here was compiled from sources of varying quality. Though the final results are less than ideal, the video technicians did succeed in preserving a memorable performance that would otherwise be lost to posterity.)

DVD Bonus: “Encounter” – Alonso and Vasiliev in rehearsal for Giselle introduced by Anton Dolin (15 minutes). 110 minutes (plus bonus = 15 minutes), Color, Stereo/Mono, All regions.


Ballet in Two Acts
Music by Adolphe Adam (1803-1856)
Choreography by Alicia Alonso, after the original by Jean Coralli and
Jules Perrot

Giselle: Alicia Alonso
Albrecht: Vladimir Vasiliev
Myrtha: Aurora Bosch
Hilarion: Alberto Méndez
Berthe: Elena Madan
Bathilde: Loipa Araújo
Prince: Raúl Barroso
Wilfred: Félix Rodríguez
Village Leader: Raúl Bustabad
Zulma and Moyna: Ofelia González and Amparo Brito
Friends: Lourdes Gómez, Haydée Delgado, Lourdes Novoa, Moraima
Martínez, Gloria Marín, Francisco Salgado, Fernando Jhones, Carlos
Medina and Andrés Williams

Wilis, peasants, court and soldiers: Corps de ballet of the Ballet
Nacional de Cuba

Orchestra of the Grand Theatre of Havana
José Ramón Urbay, conductor

Set and wardrobe design: Salvador Fernández

Live performance, October 31, 1980, Grand Theatre of Havana

Chapter Selection

Act I
1 Opening Credits and Scene 1
2 Giselle’s entrance
3 Pas de deux: Giselle, Albrecht
4 Entrance of the peasants
5 Giselle, Albrecht, Corps de ballet
6 Pas d’action: Giselle, Albrecht, Mother
7 Pas d’action: Hilarion devises his plot
8 Entrance of the Royals and Scène: Princess Bathilde and Giselle
9 Peasant pas de dix
10 Solo – Giselle
11 Corps de ballet; Pas d’action: Hilarion confronts Albrecht
12 Mad Scene and the death of Giselle

Act II
13 Pas d’action: at Giselle’s grave
14 Entrance of Myrtha
15 Pas d’action: Myrtha, Wilis
16 Entrance of Giselle and solo
17 Entrance of Albrecht
18 Pas de deux: Giselle, Albrecht
19 Hilarian, Wilis
20 Finale: Wilis, Albrecht, Giselle

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