Australian Ballet, 1990
Live at the Adelaide Festival Centre
conducted by Noel Smith
Walsh as Giselle
Coe as Prince Albert
- Paul de Masson as Hilarion
1986 Maina Gielgud mounted a new production for the Australian Ballet.
With designs by Peter Farmer, it opened in Adelaide on 12 September 1986
with Christine Walsh and Kelvin Coe as Giselle and Albrecht and Joanne
Michel as Myrthe. Gielgud's production has remained in the repertoire of
the Australian Ballet ever since.
is an excellent production, with Walsh on fine form, with a delicious 'mad scene',
and a truly impressive second act. Coe was up to the task, but his dark costumes
rendered him almost invisible at times, and certainly didn't do justice to his
performance. The drama was emphasised by the fine orchestration, and the camera
work and direction for television was excellent.
lighting appears poor, with the first act looking brown and drab, the second looking
very grey; this may be a feature of the DVD - it may be that the lighting worked
well for the stage.