La Sylphide is known to be one of the oldest surviving Romantic ballets and was originally choreographed by Filippo Taglioni for his daughter Maria. The later-and often considered improved-version, however, is credited to Danish ballet great August Bournonville. Choreographer Johan Kobborg has adapted the original ballet for this performance while maintaining the score by composer Herman Løvenskiold. This performance features dancers Ekaterina Krysanova and Vyacheslav Lopatin.
First performed in 1832, La Sylphide is the story of Scotsman James and a sylph (a mythical air spirit). On the eve of his wedding James awakens in his armchair to see the sylph watching over him. She disappears before he can touch her. The sylph eventually declares her love for James and he follows her into the forest abandoning his wedding plans but he cannot touch her.
The Ballet in Cinema series is presenting the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of La Sylphide at Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12-15 and are available at the KiMo box office. This production is friendly for audience members of all ages and runs about 2 hours and 10 minutes.