Baryshnikov/Bolle Giselle Coda Video

Check out my latest YouTube video on the Giselle coda. The role of Count Albrecht in the iconic ballet Giselle is a supreme test of a male dancer. The role in the tragic classic demands a high degree of dramatic range, coupled with athleticism and technical prowess. Two of the preeminent Albrechts were Mikhail Baryshnikov and Roberto Bolle and I provided comments on their Albrecht Act II variations in two previous videos. This video focuses on their codas in Act II. The dancers demonstrate unparalleled athleticism with superhuman qualities, combined with refined technique, filled with dramatic flair and nuance as the two Albrechts desperately fight for survival.

Photo by Vladimir Bliokh, Baryshnikov in Giselle, Chicago, 1978.