Ballet on Screen: La Sylphide from the Paris Opera Ballet

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    Aurélie Dupont in La Sylphide from the Paris Opera Ballet


Ballet on Screen: La Sylphide from the Paris Opera Ballet


Sunday May 04 01:00 PM
Tuesday May 06 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $18.00
General Admission: $20.00


About the Film:

Pierre Lacotte | Ballet in Three Acts | Music by Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer | 112 minutes

La Sylphide, one of the oldest surviving Romantic ballets, features an all-star cast including Aurélie Dupont and Mathieu Ganio in this production from the Paris Opera Ballet.

The libretto by Adolphe Nourrit was inspired by romantic tales recounting the impossible love between a human and a supernatural creature. The tormented young James finds himself torn between the promise of a comfortable life held out by his impending marriage to Effie and the freedom embodied by the Sylphide, that inaccessible ideal who comes to him in his dreams.

The work was a critical triumph from the outset, praised in particular by Théophile Gautier, who would later write the libretto for Giselle. This emblematic ballet was lost to the repertoire for more than a century. This production is a faithful recreation by Pierre Lacotte, the ballet choreographer and historian who specializes in reconstructing “lost” ballets. Lacotte resurrected the original 1832 ballet by Filippo Taglioni after finding historical texts in the Louvre. 

Libretto: Adolphe Nourrit
Music: Jean Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer
Adaptation and choreography: Pierre Lacotte
Sets: Marie-Claire Musson after Pierre Ciceri
Costumes: Michel Fresnay after Eugène Lami
Conductor: Ermanno Florio

Ballet presented by Brigitte Lefèvre, Dance Director of the Paris National Opera

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