La Sylphide

ballet in two acts

music by Herman Løvenskiold

Duration
1 hour 45 minutes
1 act
40 min
interval 30 min
2 act
35 min
6+
for viewers over 6 years old

The ballet, which has maintained the romantic dancing style for many years and became one of biggest theatrical legends of the 19th century, comes to our stage in Danish choreographer August Bournonvilles version. The illusiveness and unattainability of ones dreams are revealed through the story of James, a young Scotsman. He has promised his heart to a girl from the local village but then comes across an enchanting spirit of the air, the sylph. Having forsaken everything on earth, the young man attempts to get close to this spectral beauty.

Act I

James, Effies young fiance, is sleeping in an armchair by the fireplace. Suddenly there appears a sylph, an airy spirit. She is fluttering around James and wakes him up with a kiss. James wants to catch the sylph, but she vanishes in the air. The young man cannot stop thinking of the fairy girl, he has just seen.
Madge, a witch, has come to the house to foretell the future of the young. She prophesies that James will not marry Effie. James makes the witch to leave the house, which she does, full of wishes to revenge. At the wedding party the sylph appears again, seen to nobody but James. She steals Jamess wedding ring and vanishes again. James follows her, leaving Effie alone.

Act II

In the magic wood Madge is conjuring spells over the boiling pot. She is holding a scarf. Tired James has come to her: he cannot find the sylph. She comes and leaves again and again. Madge gives James a magic scarf that would help to captivate the sylph. When he finds her again, James puts the scarf around the sylphs shoulders. The scarf is poisoned: her wings fall off, she is dying. Other sylphs carry her away. James is inconsolable.
He can see the wedding party: his fiancée Effie has just married Gurn...

Premiere ofthe revival: 12November 2016

Libretto by Adolphe Nourrit and Filippo Taglioni

  • ChoreographyAugust Bournonville
  • StagingElsa-Marianne von Rosen
  • Stage DesignSergey Solomko
  • CostumesOleg Vinogradov
  • Revival of the choreographyMikhail Messerer
  • Revival of the stage and costume designVyacheslav Okunev
  • LightingAlexander Kibitkin
  • Principal PianistTamara Potapova

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