Maina Gielgud on Giselle


And Maina Gielgud on Giselle, which she also staged for the Australlian Ballet…

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Interpreted by Ilya Gaft-Duet from Giselle



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Just Because I Like This Staging….

Natalia Osipova and Steven McRea in Giselle (Bolshoi Theatre)


Some of what I am missing tonight because I am a broke writer, ballet mom and striving artist….:( But like they say-imagination is a monster!

If You Can’t Find Anything Else to Count, Count Your Feelings!


Russian Traditional Character Dance Clip (staged by Ilya Gaft)



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A very rare gem my daughter’s Ballet Teacher staged a long time ago in Russia, which many of my friends might enjoy! This is significantly important, to history, believe it or not, and dance.
Here is also a very bad translation of the Russian language text underneath the video-sometime after he left the Kirov and Novosibirsk Opera ballet….and before his degree in choreography. Wow.
“”Staging [or starring] Ilya Gaft, Honored Artist of Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.[Not sure, he is a very modest man] “”In 1952 he graduated from the performers faculty of the Leningrad Choreographic School, where training in the specialty “ballet dancer” adopted children, who in the year of receipt is executed, usually 10 years. [He was not adopted, but this means, I think, he was ‘accepted’ into the school where he stayed 10 years, so he might as well have been adopted] He was a ballet dancer [also] in the Karelian musical theater in Petrozavodskm [also, the Kirov and Novosibirsk, where he was Principal]. In 1967, he headed a group choreography at the Leningrad State Theatre “Music Hall” (without choreographer diploma); Gaft in 1970 graduated from the Department of choreography at the Leningrad Conservatory;”” ENJOY!