Bolshoi Ballet – La Sylphide

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Bolshoi Ballet – La Sylphide

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 12 November - 13 November 2012


Music: Herman Severin LOVENSKIOLD
Libretto: Adolphe NOURRIT and Filippo TAGLIONI
Choreography: August BOURNONVILLE
Production and New Choreography: Johan KOBBORG
Sets and Costume Design: Peter FARMER
Lighting Designer: Damir ISMAGILOV
Music Director: TBA

With the Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre
With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving romantic ballets. August Bournonville’s version is an adaptation of an 1832 French ballet of the same name, which showcased the technique of the great 19th-century ballerina Maria Taglioni, and ushered in a new Romantic era of dance. Bournonville was the first choreographer to recreate La Sylphide and it is his version that has survived – it has been performed regularly by the Royal Danish Ballet since its premiere in 1836 and remains one of his most celebrated works. In La Sylphide, the human realm of a small Scottish community – evoked by traditional folk songs in Herman Lovenskiold’s score – meets the spiritual realm of the otherworldly sylphs.

James, a classic Romantic hero, is utterly bewitched by a beautiful sylph: although he is unable to touch her, he movingly echoes her movements in his. Bournonville placed a greater emphasis on the narrative in his version of the ballet and developed the characters of the embittered witch and James (a role he danced himself). The Royal Ballet’s production is staged by the Danish choreographer Johan Kobborg, himself steeped in the Bournonville style.

Dates & Times:
7pm, Monday 12 November 2012
7pm, Tuesday 13 November 2012

Adult $25, Senior, Pensioner & Youth 30&U $22, F/T Student & Child 16&U $15*
*Transaction fees apply
*N.B. La Sylphide is a screening.


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2 hours

Ticket Prices

Adult $25
Senior $22
Pensioner $22
Youth 30&U $22
F/T Student $15
Child 16&U $15

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00