Broadcast of Classic Ballet Giselle to Air at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 18, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—On Sunday, November 4 at 1 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will present Giselle, recorded at the historic and internationally acclaimed Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Running time is 96 minutes.

Tickets are $15 ($13 for members and students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

This exquisite, classical ballet in two acts stars Natalia Osipova as Giselle and Leonid Sarafanov as Count Albert. The ballet tells the story of a simple village girl who falls deeply in love with a dashing prince disguised as a peasant, but the idyllic pastoral scene is shattered by an act of betrayal, and heartbreak ensues. In the ballet blanc second act, Giselle haunts the stage with her host of vengeful spirits, but the strength of her love ultimately transcends even death and bestows forgiveness upon her repentant lover.

The London Times raved, “Here’s your chance to see one of the world’s greatest ballerinas take on the greatest role in the Romantic repertoire….Natalia Osipova is astounding as the peasant girl betrayed by her noble lover.”

Ballet magazine called co-star Sarafanov “without doubt one of the most brilliant male virtuosos in the world now.”

Valery Gergiev, artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, is internationally recognized as one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation. He is also principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

The Mariinsky Ballet, formerly the Kirov, began its illustrious career in 1783, performing first in the St. Petersburg Bolshoi (Stone) Theatre and moving to the Mariinsky Theatre in 1885. It has been home to some of the greatest masters in Russian choreography.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Calendar listing

November 4: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will present the ballet Giselle, recorded at the historic and internationally acclaimed Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $15 ($13 for members and students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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