This video is a compilation of scenes from Royal Ballet’s production of the ballet Giselle, featuring Alina Cojocaru as Giselle, set to music by Beyonce. I do not own any of the original content; it was created for educational/parody purposes only as part of my senior project for a BFA program. The purpose of this video is to show that the themes represented in the nineteenth century ballet, Giselle, relate to things we still feel and think about today– things Beyonce sings about. Its sole intention is to allow people who would not otherwise watch ballet to be able to enjoy and understand this art form by juxtaposing it with popular music.
1. Love on Top (Giselle and Albrecht, disguised as a peasant, meet and fall in love)
2. Pretty Hurts (Giselle’s Act I Solo)
3. Best Thing You Never Had (Hilarion reveals Albrecht’s true identity as a nobleman)
4. Broken Hearted Girl (Giselle loses her reason after learning her lover has deceived her; not only this, but that he is engaged to a Princess. She kills herself, and dies).
5. Diva (Entrance of Myrta, Queen of the Wilis, ghostly women who died before their wedding day, jilted by their lovers, who seek their revenge on men by forcing them to dance to their deaths, or throwing them in the lake).
6. Single Ladies (Myrta’s servants, the Wilis, enter, and accept Giselle into their ranks)
7. Halo (Albrecht comes to mourn Giselle; she appears to him as a ghost. They dance together, he filled with remorse, she filled with love and forgiveness).
8. Girls/Who Run the World (The Wilis find Hilarion, and throw him to the icy lake).
9. I Was Here (As the sun rises, the Wilis’ power fades; Giselle protects Albrecht from being forced to dance to his death. The Wilis disappear. Giselle, having forgiven Albrecht, does not join them in a tormented afterlife, but goes to rest in peace, leaving Albrecht in mourning)
This began as a joke, as I needed some comic relief from my year-long research project on Giselle and the era of the Romantic ballet. However, as I pieced it together, my friends who would never dream of sitting down long enough to watch two minutes of a ballet, were dying to watch this video. This got me thinking…setting this ballet to Giselle gave people, who otherwise feel no connection to this art, a doorway in. They felt like they could laugh, and they felt like they understood what was going on, in a sense. At the end, they often became emotional. I think that giving people a doorway into an art form is the first step to making it an important part of their lives. There is a stigma about art being somewhat exclusive or inaccessible, and I feel like this video, in its comedy, is an example of a way to reach out to people who may feel excluded from something I believe everyone has a right to know about and maybe even love.
PS: Copyright disclaimers…I do not own any of this…This was created with respect and knowledge of its creators and owners. Thank you.