Silja Schandorff & Nikolaj Hübbe:
Royal Danish Ballet
August 31, 2018
The Old Stage
“The ballerina, who is the lucky one to interpret Giselle, must have a range not unlike what is needed for Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake”. Giselle demands not just a dancer on the highest technical level, but also the largest possible dramatic talent. She must be able to express Giselle´s development from an innocent country girl, through a mental breakdown and madness to unearthly spiritualism. She is the day and the night moving from the hopeful, sunny and quivering young girl in love to the elegic dark, strong and delicate ghost women”
This quote by Nikolaj Hübbe in the program for Giselle, say a lot both about the role of “Giselle” and about the self-image of the Royal Danish Ballet. This is what we want and this is what we expect from every performance of a dramatic ballet. The expectations is as high for “Swan Lake” as for “La Sylphide” and “Giselle”.