La Sylphide

Saturday, October 13
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2hr 10mins

La Sylphide is one of the world's oldest surviving romantic ballets, dating back to August Bournonville's 1836 version.

The version presented today has been adapted by choreographer Johan Kobborg, and gleams anew at the Bolshoi Ballet. In La Sylphide, the human realm of a small Scottish community – evoked by traditional folk songs in Herman Løvenskiold's score – meets the spiritual when James, a classic Romantic hero, is utterly bewitched by a beautiful sylph whom he is unable to touch. 

Performed live on September 30, 2012 at the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow.


Sylph: Ekaterina Krysanova
James: Vyacheslav Lopatin
Madge, witch: Irina Zibrova
Effie, James' fiancée: Anna Rebetskaya
Gurn: Denis Savin
Anna, James' mother: Irina Semirechenskaya
Two Friends: Alexander Vorobiyov, Alexander Voytyuk
Pas de six: Ivan Alexeyev, Xenia Kern, Maria Prorvich, Anna Proskurnina, Igor Tsvirko, Klim Yefimov
Old Musician: Andrei Sitnikov
The First Sylph: Anna Tikhomirova
Two Sylphs: Olga Kishnyova, Victoria Yakusheva

Music: Herman Severin Løvenskiold
Libretto: Adolphe Nourrit and Filippo Taglioni
Choreography: August Bournonville
Production and new choreography: Johan Kobborg
Sets and costumes 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