Famous prima-ballerina celebrated in Opera show

The Giselle ballet, on Adolphe Adam’s musical score, directed by Mihai Babuska and performed by the Romanian Opera Ballet company, will be presented in an anniversary edition today.

The show will be dedicated to prima-ballerina Elena Dacian, one of the great ballerinas of the Romanian stage. Giselle premiered in the past session and was choreographed by Jules Perrot, Jean Coralli and Marius Petipa. The sets were designed by Adriana Urmuzescu, and the orchestra is conducted by Ciprian Teodorascu. Today’s cast brings together first-class ballet dancers of the Bucharest National Opera: Bianca Fota (Giselle), Gigel Ungureanu (Albert), Virgil Ciocoiu (Hans), Adina Tudor (Myrtha), Madalina Stoica and Bogdan Canila (Friends of Giselle), a. o., along with the Opera’s ballet ensemble. Elena Dacian graduated from the Bucharest School of Choreography in 1954, then attended the Vaganova school of Choreography in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), until 1960. In 1963 she won the first prize in the Bucharest Young Soloists’ festival. In 1964 she specialized in France, at the Franchetti Studios, and, in the same year, she won an Honorary Award at the Varna International Ballet Festival. Between 1960 and 1990 she was employed at the Bucharest Romanian Opera.

In 1964 she became a soloist, and, beginning 1968, the prima-ballerina of this institution.

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