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31 March 2019 (Sun), 12:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Classical Ballet Herman von Lovenskjold "La Sylphide" (Ballet in 2 Acts)

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (till 13:45)


Schedule for Herman von Lovenskjold "La Sylphide" (Ballet in 2 Acts) 2019/2020

Set Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Composer: Herman von Lovenskjold
Choreography: August Bournonville

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet

Classical Ballet in 2 acts

Ballet in 2 Acts with 1 interval (25 min)
Libretto by A.NURRI and F.TAGIONI
Production - Elza Marianna fon ROZEN (Sweden)
Repetitors: Honoured artist of Russia L.KLIMOVA, J.KUKS, Honoured artist of Russia A.SIDOROV, State Prize Laureate, Honoured artist of Russia S.SHEINA
Set Design - S.Solomko
Costume Design - O.Vinogradov
Advisers of the performance - Allan Fridertsia (Denmark), Y.Slonimsky
Assistant Choreographer - E.Vinogradova

Act I

La Sylphide takes place in Scotland. James is sitting in an armchair at the fireside at the dawn of the day of his marriage to Effie. Near him a winged spirit, a sylphide, (sylph), appears, gazes at him with love, and wakes him with a kiss. As James wakes up, the sylph runs away, dancing. Effie, her mother, some neighbours, Gurn, (Effie’s disappointed suitor), and Madge, (an old witch that James had sent away), arrive. Madge prophesies that Effie is not loved by her betrothed, (James), and will marry Gurn. When he is left alone James sees the sylph again. This time she professes her love for him and invites him to follow her. Gurn has witnessed this and runs to tell Effie, so that she may see James’ infidelity. The sylph is in the big chair, but James covers her with his cloak, and when Gurn whips it away the chair appears to be empty. During the party the sylph moves among the dancers, visible only to James. Finally, she takes the wedding ring intended for Effie from his hand and rushes into the forest, with James in pursuit, leaving Effie in tears. Gurn leads the guests in search of James.




Act II

The witch Madge is in a dark cave conjuring spells and surrounded by demons. She dips a filmy scarf into the cauldron. Now, in a dense forest, James enters followed by the sylph, with whom he is now in love, even though she continually evades him. Meanwhile Gurn and the others have returned from their search after failing to find James. Madge appears and gives James the scarf "with which he can hold his elusive love." After a couple of tries he succeeds in tricking the sylph and encircling her in the scarf. Immediately her wings fall off, as Madge has cast a spell on the scarf, and the sylph dies. Overcome, James falls to the ground, and in the distance we hear the sounds of the marriage feast of Gurn and Effie, while the witch gloats over her revenge.




Schedule for Herman von Lovenskjold "La Sylphide" (Ballet in 2 Acts) 2019/2020


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