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La Sylphide
About the performance

La Sylphide is a ballet of a splendid but complicated fate. Its premiere was held on the 12th of March 1832 in Paris at the Academie royale de musique et danse. The performance, which told the story of an immortal daughter of air who was destroyed by her love for a peasant, became a reaction by dance people towards romanticism. It involved precise stylisation of symbols and was vivid as never before, even though it emerged quite late. The main part was created by choreographer Philippo Taglioni for his daughter Maria. She was unattractive and had an awkward round-shoulder figure. Her appearance was totally unsuitable for the images of female characters for the then prevailing “anacreontic” ballets, which demanded the forms and grace of antique statues from ballerinas.

Premiered on February 20, 2008.

Libretto by Adolphe Nourrit and Philippo Taglioni 

Choreography by August Bournonville

Scene:
New Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
1 hour 45 minutes
Artemy Belyakov as James. Anna Nikulina as Sylph.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Daria Khokhlova as Sylph.

Photo by Mikhail Logvinov.

Evgenia Obraztsova as Sylph.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Semyon Chudin as James.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Denis Savin as Gurn.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Sergei Minakov as Madge. Egor Khromushin as Gurn.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Ekaterina Krysanova as Sylph.

Photo by Elena Fetisova.

Artem Ovcharenko as James.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Vyacheslav Lopatin as James.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Vera Borisenkova as Madge.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Artem Ovcharenko as James. Anastasia Stashkevich as Sylph.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Anna Balukova as Madge. Ruslan Skvortsov as James.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Cast
25 January
2023

Wednesday, 19:00

24 January
2023

Tuesday, 19:00

18 May
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

17 May
2022

Tuesday, 19:00

17 March
2022

Thursday, 19:00

16 March
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

20 February
2022

Sunday, 14:00

19 February
2022

Saturday, 19:00

19 February
2022

Saturday, 12:00

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Synopsis

Act I

A Scottish manor house.

It is the morning of James’s marriage to Effie and he is asleep in his armchair. A winged figure, a Sylphide, is kneeling by his side. She kisses him on his forehead and he wakes up confused. Entranced by the vision of the Sylph, he attempts to capture her, but she escapes him; as she reaches the fireplace, she vanishes up the chimney. Troubled, he wakes his companions but none of them have seen her. Gurn, James’s rival, arrives and learns that James is infatuated with someone other than Effie.

Schedule and tickets
Date
Tickets
Price
Time
24 January
Tuesday
0
0
19:00
25 January
Wednesday
0
0
19:00
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