Classical Ballet "La Sylphide" (ballet)|
Brilliant Classical Stanislavsky Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1887, founded by Stanislavsky)
Schedule for "La Sylphide" (ballet) 2013
Orchestra: Stanislavsky theatre symphony orchestra
Premiere of this production: 1 December 2011
La Sylphide is one of the world's oldest surviving romantic ballets.
In the hall of a Scottish farmhouse, James Ruben, a young Scotsman, sleeps in
a chair by the fireside. A sylph, or forest fairy, gazes lovingly upon him and
dances about his chair. She kisses him and then vanishes when he suddenly wakes.
James rouses his friend Gurn from sleep, and questions him about the sylph. Gurn
denies having seen such a creature and reminds James that he is shortly to be
married. James dismisses the incident and promises to forget it.
James' bride-to-be, Effie, arrives with her mother and bridesmaids. James
dutifully kisses her, but is startled by a shadow in the corner. Thinking his
sylph has returned, he rushes over, only to find the witch, Old Madge, kneeling
at the hearth to warm herself. James is furious with the disappointment.
Effie and her friends beg Old Madge to tell their fortunes, and the witch
complies. She gleefully informs Effie that James loves someone else and she will
be united with Gurn. James is furious. He forces Madge from the hearth and
throws her out of the house. Effie is delighted that James would tangle with a
witch for her sake.
Effie and her bridesmaids hurry upstairs to prepare for the wedding, and
James is left alone in the room. As he stares out the window, the sylph
materializes before him and confesses her love. She weeps at his apparent
indifference. James resists at first, but, captivated by her ethereal beauty,
capitulates and kisses her tenderly. Gurn, who spies the moment from the
shadows, scampers off to tell Effie what has happened.
When the distressed Effie and her friends enter after hearing Gurn's report,
the sylph disappears. The guests assume Gurn is simply jealous and laugh at him.
Everyone dances. The sylph enters during the midst of the revelry and attempts
to distract James.
As the bridal procession forms, James stands apart and gazes upon the ring he
is to place on Effie's finger. The Sylph snatches the ring, places it on her own
finger, and, smiling enticingly, rushes into the forest. James hurries after her
in ardent pursuit. The guests are bewildered with James' sudden departure. Effie
is heartbroken. She falls into her mother's arms sobbing
In a fog shrouded part of the forest, Madge and her companion witches dance
grotesquely about a cauldron. The revellers add all sorts of filthy ingredients
to the brew. When the contents glow, Madge reaches into the cauldron and pulls a
diaphanous, magic scarf from its depths. The cauldron then sinks, the witches
scatter, the fog lifts, and a lovely glade is revealed.
James enters with the sylph who shows him her charming, woodland realm. She
brings him berries and water for refreshment but avoids his embrace. To cheer
him, she summons her ethereal sisters who shyly enter and perform their airy
dances. The young Scotsman is delighted and joins the divertissement before all
flee for another part of the forest.
Meanwhile, the wedding guests have been searching the woodland for James.
They enter the glade. Gurn finds his hat, but Madge convinces him to say
nothing. Effie enters, weary with wandering about the forest. Madge urges Gurn
to propose. He does and Effie accepts his proposal.
When they all have left, James enters the glade. Madge meets him, and tosses
him the magic scarf. She tells the young farmer the scarf will bind the sylph to
him so she cannot fly away. She instructs him to wind the scarf about the
sylph's shoulders and arms for full effect. James is ecstatic. When the sylph
returns and sees the scarf, she allows James to place it around her trembling
As James embraces the sylph passionately, her wings fall off, she shudders,
and dies in James' arms. Sorrowfully, her sisters enter and lift her lifeless
form. Suddenly, a joyful wedding procession led by Effie and Gurn crosses the
glade. James is stunned. Madge directs his gaze heavenward; he sees the sylph
borne aloft by her sisters. James collapses. Madge exults over his lifeless
body. Evil has triumphed.
Schedule for "La Sylphide" (ballet) 2013