Giselle campagnebeeld met Olga Smirnova
Photo: Marta Syrko

Giselle to be released in cinemas worldwide

12 October 2023

Dutch National Ballet and Pathé Live are bringing Rachel Beaujean and Ricardo Bustamante’s staging of Giselle to cinemas worldwide. The cast includes principal dancers Olga Smirnova in the title role and Jacopo Tissi as Count Albrecht, accompanied by Dutch Ballet Orchestra.

Olga Smirnova, who joined Dutch National Ballet in March 2022, has been part of many broadcasts live from Moscow in cinemas at the time she was part of the Bolshoi Ballet. Her most recent filmed for cinema performances include Nikiya in La Bayadère (2019), Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and the title role in Giselle (2020). She has been voted ‘Dancer of the year’ by the readers of leading international magazine Dance Europe.

Freshly named principal dancer at Dutch National Ballet, Jacopo Tissi also performed for significant live broadcasts from Moscow in cinemas, as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake (2020) and in Balanchine’s Diamonds in Jewels (2022).

Pathé Live has produced and distributed worldwide the Bolshoi Ballet in cinemas series for 12 years before the war started. Now, with producing partner Bel Air Media, Pathé Live brings back audiences’ favorite Olga Smirnova to cinemas filming her in her new home at Dutch National Ballet. 

  • Giselle is available in cinemas from Sunday 21 January.