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Tomoko.A

21-10-01, 07:05 PM (GMT)
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"La Sylphide"
 
   I have never seen this ballet performed live before. It is hardly performed in this country. Have RB (I think RB did.) and ENB danced it before ? I know Matthew Bourne made his own version and maybe Scottish Ballet had it in their repertoire. Do I have to travel to Paris or Denmark to see this ballet these days ? And could anyone please explain the difference between the Bournonville version and the other one. Are there any videos available ?


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  RE: La Sylphide Jim 21-10-01 1
     RE: La Sylphide lara 21-10-01 2
         RE: La Sylphide kate 22-10-01 7
             RE: La Sylphide lara 22-10-01 8
     RE: La Sylphide Tim Powell 21-10-01 3
         RE: La Sylphide eugene merrett 21-10-01 4
             RE: La Sylphide Tomoko.A 21-10-01 5
                 RE: La Sylphide Estelle 22-10-01 6
                     RE: La Sylphide Carly Gillies 22-10-01 9
                         RE: La Sylphide Paul A 22-10-01 10
                             RE: La Sylphide Jim 22-10-01 11
                             RE: La Sylphide Alexandra 22-10-01 12
                         RE: La Sylphide alison 24-10-01 13

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Jim

21-10-01, 07:45 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   Tomoko, I can't really answer your question, but your posting has retrieved a very fond boyhood memory of seeing what was then "Ballet Rambert" performing La Sylphide at Sadler's Wells. I remember a dancer called Lucette Aldous was the Sylphide. I think she may later have joined one of the Royal Ballet companies and I've a vague notion she went to Australia. Can anyone correct me?
I also saw the AMP version which was called Highland Fling with Maxine Fone as the Sylphe.


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lara

21-10-01, 08:40 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: La Sylphide"
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Tomoko,

There is a video listed available for La Sylphide on Movies Unlimited by the Paris Opera Ballet.

https://www.moviesunlimited.com/

Do a search for La Sylphide and it will come up.

And there is a piece of it on "American Ballet Theatre at the Met Mixed Bill" with Baryshnikov. I have this tape and it is quite nice with a McMillan piece called Triad on it.


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kate

22-10-01, 03:28 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   Lara, you are thinking of Les Sylphides on the ABT mixed bill with Baryshnikov. I have that tape too and it's a lovely program, unfortunately it's different from La Sylphide.


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lara

22-10-01, 03:41 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   >Lara, you are thinking of Les
>Sylphides on the ABT mixed
>bill with Baryshnikov. I have
>that tape too and it's
>a lovely program, unfortunately it's
>different from La Sylphide.

OH! Now I am going to be really confused. But there is a tape out there called La Sylphide by the POB. Have you seen that one?



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Tim Powell

21-10-01, 09:09 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   Lucette Aldous is included in Ballet Legends2 where there is an excellent piece on this lovely little dancer.I am not being patronising to call her little as she was quite tiny but so delightful and I remember particularly her performances with Ballet Rambert which seemed very suited to that fondly remembered company. I guess a very high point in her career,having returned to Australia,was her performance in the very highly rated Australian Ballet film of Don Q as Kitri with Rudolph himself and Australians Helpman and Powell.


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eugene merrett

21-10-01, 09:31 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   There is a superb video of the original French version by the POB with Ghislaine Thesmair in the title role. It was done in 1971 or there abouts and has some truly wonderful dancing.

However it is not the typical La Sylphide with music by Lovenskoid but a rather inferior (at least in music) version. The choreography is different.

With exception of numerious gala videos of the pdd - the only other video I know of is a partial excerpt with Carla Fracci and Nureyev!

The ENO and more recently the Scottish Ballet have staged La Sylphide - The latter gave me the first look at the delectable Tamara Rojo

The Scottish Ballet should make La Sylphide their own as it is the only well known ballet to be set in Scotland!!

La Sylphide is one of my favorite ballet as it has darker and more human view of life then its counterpart Giselle! I wish it was on more often.


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Tomoko.A

21-10-01, 11:04 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   Thank you for the info everyone ! I will buy one of the videos recommended. Miyako Yoshida and Johan Kobborg danced together in this ballet with the New National Theatre in Japan a couple years ago. I wish I had seen them.


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Estelle

22-10-01, 00:11 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   Tomoko, here is the difference between the two versions of "La Sylphide": the first version was choreographed by Philippe Taglioni, with his daughter Marie in the main role, on some music
by Schneitzhoeffer and it was premiered in 1832 at the Paris Opera. A few years later, Auguste Bournonville made his own version of the ballet, with the same plot but with a different music (by Lovenskjold) and a different choreography, and it was premiered by the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen. Taglioni's version eventually disappeared from the repertory of the Paris Opera, and the version which is danced now is a reconstruction made by Pierre Lacotte in 1971 (it is danced regularly by the POB). The Bournonville version remained in the repertory of the Royal Danish Ballet and didn't change much, and still is danced in Denmark. I've seen both versions, but couldn't compare it as it was years apart and with different companies- anyway, I enjoyed both quite a lot!

The POB video was filmed in 1972 with Ghislaine Thesmar and Michael Denard, it is the Taglioni/ Lacotte version. The sets
and filming might seem a bit old, but the dancing is good, and I find Thesmar quite lovely (it was her signature role). I don't know of any commercially released version of the complete Bournonville Sylphide, which is a pity.

Hope this helps...


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Carly Gillies

22-10-01, 12:57 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   Scottish Ballet have had the Bournonville/Lovensiold 'La Sylphide' in their repertory since 1973.
It was performed in 1997 and in 1999 with Johan Kobborg guesting as James.
Yes it is very "romantic Highland" - a tragic tale of wee Effie who loves hansome tartan-clad James, cousin Gurn who loves Effie, an auld mad wifie called Madge, and a seducing sylph from the forest. It all ends badly for James but less so for Effie and Gurn.
I too wonder if we'll ever see it again in this country.


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Paul A

22-10-01, 04:36 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   The LFB (before they became ENB) production by/ with Peter Schaufuss and Eva Evdokimova was broadcast on the BBC, way back in the days when those things happened more often than now.

Do not know whether this ever made its way onto video.

Tomoko, the AMP Highland Fling retains much of the essence of the orginal despite being set in the "restroom" of a Glasgow night club. Well worth seeing - I think I read that it is due to be revived sometime by AMP.


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Jim

22-10-01, 05:08 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   > I guess a very high point in her career,
> having returned to Australia,was her performance
> in the very highly rated Australian Ballet film
> of Don Q as Kitri with Rudolph himself and
> Australians Helpman and Powell.

Well, Tim, you could blow me down with a feather - I have just discovered that I already have the Nureyev/Aldous/Helpmann video of Don Q in my collection!


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Alexandra

22-10-01, 05:38 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   I'm fairly certain the Royal Ballet has never staged a "La Sylphide." Ashton wanted to when he was Artistic Director, but could not get permission from the Royal Danish Ballet -- repertories were more closely held in those days.

There was a commercial release of the RDB dancing Bournonville's "La Sylphide" in 1990 or 1991 on laserdisc. It was shown on American television (BRAVO) that year. This is the old version -- as authentic as possible -- descending from a very late 19th century restaging by Hans Beck and kept alive in Denmark until 1993. It starred Nikolaj Hubbe (at 20, and his debut!) and Lis Jeppesen, and the great Madge Sorella Englund (an excellent Effy, too).

The Paris Opera Ballet version available on video is not the original, but a reconstruction. The original was lost long, long ago.


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alison

24-10-01, 01:12 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: La Sylphide"
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   Well,it did strike me that with 2 spare versions of Sylphide knocking around the country (London City Ballet's and Scottish Ballet's, since they won't be likely to be dancing that again, the way things are going) it's a ballet that ENB could usefully acquire without going to all the expense of a new production. Matz Skoog got some very good reviews in the Schaufuss production, and I think he may have said something about wanting some Bournonville back in the rep, though I'm not sure.


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