Ballet in two acts/music by Herman Løvenskiold
Première of the production at the Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre: 29 November 1975
Première of the revival: 12 November 2016
August Bournonville’s La Sylphide is returning to the Mikhailovsky Theatre repertoire. The Danish choreographer adapted the original 1832 French version, created for the great ballerina Marie Taglioni, who danced en pointe for the first time in this production. La Sylphide marked the beginning of the romantic era in ballet. The Danish Royal Ballet’s version is the one performed today. In this romantic masterpiece, the everyday life of a small Scottish village clashes with the fantastic world of the spirits of nature. James is enchanted by a beautiful maiden of the air, but he cannot even touch her. The young man’s attempt to embrace the sylph proves to be fatal to this spectral beauty.