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Captured live at the Opera de Paris in July, 2004
A beautiful fairy disappears into the mist - how will the amorous farmer find her again? And what will his fiancee think of all this? La Sylphide, one of the oldest surviving Romantic ballets, features an all-star cast including Aurelie Dupont and Mathieu Ganio in this lavish production from the Paris Opera Ballet.
Created in 1832 at the Paris Opera, Philippe Taglioniâ€™s La Sylphide heralded the advent of the Romantic ballet. The delicate and ethereal dancer Marie Taglioni played the unattainable, dream-conjured sylph, alongside Joseph Mazilier. In the point shoes and long diaphanous tutus she wore in La Sylphide, the ballerina became an emblematic figure. 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 ThĂ©ophile Gautier, who would later write the libretto for Giselle. Unfortunately, this emblematic ballet was lost to the repertoire for over a century. This new staging was presented at the Paris Opera Ballet in a faithful recreation by Pierre Lacotte, whose immense choreographic culture has enabled him to unravel and recast the spells of the grand French romantic style. (Total running time: 127 mins., Not Rated) Digital