Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen describes La Sylphide as the epitome of romantic ballet, which will be all the more special paired with the rarely-performed Bournonville Divertissements. Boston Ballet premiered Bournonville’s La Sylphide in 1988, and it was performed again in 2005 and 2007 with additional choreography by Sorella Englund. Of the 2005 performance, Karen Campbell wrote in The Boston Globe, “Boston Ballet’s gorgeous…production of La Sylphide [is] deliciously sweet…the ballet’s only disappointment is that it leaves you wanting more.”
Boston Ballet presents cassic Balanchine: La Sylphide
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La Sylphide is Bournonville’s most famous ballet. Set in the Scottish Highlands, it tells the fantastical tale of James, a man on his wedding day, who falls under the spell of a beautiful and ethereal woodland sylph. Tricked into accepting the help of Madge, an evil sorceress, he tries desperately to possess his newfound desire. This ballet showcases challenging, bravura solos for male dancers and light, buoyant jumps executed by the sylphs.