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2013 La Sylphide

An otherworldly creature, a man bewitched

In 1836, La Sylphide revolutionised ballet, popularising dancing en pointe and giving audiences their first glimpse of the Romantic ballerina – unattainable and unearthly. The Scottish dreamer James is fascinated by a woodland sprite, and spurns his fiancée to follow her. Intent on capturing the ethereal beauty for his own, he accepts the help of a vengeful witch, who leads him to his downfall. This poignant two-act work will be paired with Marius Petipa’s glittering party piece Paquita, the last flowering of the Romantic ballet and a chance for The Australian Ballet’s dancers to display their sparkling technique.

With thanks to Supporting Partner Bloch.
 

“A popular family treat”

The Sun-Herald on La Sylphide

 

“... an evening of pure enjoyment”

Arts Hub

 

“simply a magical encounter with The Australian Ballet’s exceptional dancers”

Australian Stage on La Sylphide

Genre

Classical double bill

Credits

La Sylphide (1836)
Choreography Erik Bruhn after August Bournonville
Music Herman Løvenskjold
Costume and set design Anne Fraser
Lighting design Francis Croese

Paquita (1847)
Choreography Marius Petipa
Music Ludwig Minkus
Costume design Hugh Colman
Original lighting design William Akers
Reproduced by Francis Croese

The La Sylphide season has been generously supported by The Australian Ballet Society

Melbourne: with Orchestra Victoria
Sydney: with Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

This performance runs for approximately 139 minutes including two intervals.

Want to know more?

Watch our mini doco celebrating that great Romantic invention, the pointe shoe

Day Date Time Special Details  

  Single Tickets Subscriber additional tickets
Adult 39 - 206 36 - 137
Pensioner 39 - 174 36 - 112
Senior *   36 - 123
Youth (26 and under) * 39 - 152 36  -  90
Children (17 and under) ** 39 - 39 36  -  77

Subscriber discount price for additional single tickets shown in blue

Seniors discounts only available on subscription tickets

Ticket prices may vary between performances and are subject to change without notice

Concession conditions apply

* Selected performances only

** All performances excluding opening nights

Transaction fees apply

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Complete and print the School group booking form and scan and email to customerservices@australianballet.com.au or fax to (03) 9686 7081 or post to:
The Australian Ballet School group bookings
Private Box 838
South Melbourne DC Vic 3205

Act I

James, a young Scottish farmer, dozes in an armchair. The Sylphide, a woodland sprite, kneels by his side. After flitting around the room, she kisses him on the forehead and he awakens, confused. He is to be married that day to Effie, but the Sylphide, who is in love with James, tempts him. He runs after her, but she disappears up the chimney. The preparations for the wedding at the farm are in full swing, and Effie's friends arrive with gifts. The old fortune-teller Madge has slipped in to warm herself by the fire. James wants to throw her out, but she is permitted to remain and after a few brandies begins to tell fortunes. She predicts that Gurn, James' rival, will win Effie. James, in a fury, chases Madge out; she curses him.

The Sylphide shows herself at the window and declares her love for James, telling him that she has followed and protected him for years. As the festivities are about to begin, James hides under a rug on the armchair. He is unable to concentrate on his wedding; the Sylphide keeps appearing, although only he can see her. Just before the ceremony she entices him away into the forest. Effie dissolves in tears.


Act II

Led by Madge, several witches are cooking a scarf in a magic cauldron. James enters with the Sylphide, who shows him her realm. She brings him berries and water, but avoids him when he tries to catch her. To cheer him up, she calls on her sisters, and the forest fills with sylphides dancing their airy dances for James. Meanwhile, the young farmers have set out to look for him. Gurn finds his hat, but Madge convinces him to say nothing. Gurn proposes to the heart-broken Effie, who accepts him.

When they all have left, James emerges and Madge gives him the scarf, telling him that it will bind the Sylphide to him, so she cannot fly away. James is delighted; when the Sylphide returns and sees the scarf, she is also charmed by it, and allows James to place it around her shoulders.

Immediately, her wings fall off and the Sylphide dies. Effie and Gurn get married as the Sylphide is born through the air by her sisters. James collapses lifeless, and Madge exults.

Casting is subject to change without notice.

Thursday 29 August 7.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

Principals: Olivia Bell and Adam Bull
First Solo: Amy Harris
Second Solo: Juliet Burnett
Third Solo: Ako Kondo
Fourth Solo: Miwako Kubota

LA SYLPHIDE
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

La Sylphide: Madeleine Eastoe
James: Daniel Gaudiello
Gurn: Andrew Wright
Effie: Dana Stephensen
Nancy: Heidi Martin
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Colin Peasley
Lead Sylph: Amy Harris
Two Sylphs: Natasha Kusen and Dimity Azoury

 

Friday 30 August 7.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor: Phillip Ellis

Principals: Leanne Stojmenov and Daniel Gaudiello
First Solo: Laura Tong
Second Solo: Robyn Hendricks
Third Solo: Dana Stephensen
Fourth Solo: Benedicte Bemet

LA SYLPHIDE:
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

La Sylphide: Lana Jones
James: Adam Bull
Gurn: Brett Simon
Effie: Natasha Kusen
Nancy: Sharni Spencer
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Matthew Donnelly
Lead Sylph: Laura Tong
Two Sylphs: Vivienne Wong and Halaina Hills

 

Saturday 31 August 1.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

Principals: Lana Jones and Kevin Jackson
First Solo: Sharni Spencer
Second Solo: Natasha Kusen
Third Solo: Dimity Azoury
Fourth Solo: Halaina Hills

LA SYLPHIDE
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

La Sylphide: Juliet Burnett
James: Chengwu Guo
Gurn: Jacob Sofer
Effie: Halaina Hills
Nancy: Imogen Chapman
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Ben Davis
Lead Sylph: Robyn Hendricks
Two Sylphs: Ako Kondo and Dana Stephensen

 

Saturday 31 August 7.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

Principals: Olivia Bell and Adam Bull
First Solo: Amy Harris
Second Solo: Juliet Burnett
Third Solo: Ako Kondo
Fourth Solo: Miwako Kubota

LA SYLPHIDE
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

La Sylphide: Leanne Stojmenov
James: Kevin Jackson
Gurn: Jarryd Madden
Effie: Vivienne Wong
Nancy: Benedicte Bemet
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Colin Peasley
Lead Sylph: Miwako Kubota
Two Sylphs: Robyn Hendricks and Valerie Tereshchenko

 

Monday 2 September 6.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor:
Simon Thew

Principals: Lana Jones and Kevin Jackson
First Solo: Amy Harris
Second Solo: Juliet Burnett
Third Solo: Ako Kondo
Fourth Solo: Miwako Kubota

LA SYLPHIDE
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

La Sylphide: Madeleine Eastoe
James: Daniel Gaudiello
Gurn: Andrew Wright
Effie: Dana Stephensen
Nancy: Heidi Martin
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Colin Peasley
Lead Sylph: Amy Harris
Two Sylphs: Natasha Kusen and Dimity Azoury

 

Tuesday 3 September 7.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

Principals: Amber Scott and Ty King-Wall
First Solo: Laura Tong
Second Solo: Robyn Hendricks
Third Solo: Dana Stephensen
Fourth Solo: Benedicte Bemet

LA SYLPHIDE
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

La Sylphide: Leanne Stojmenov
James: Kevin Jackson
Gurn: Jarryd Madden
Effie: Vivienne Wong
Nancy: Benedicte Bemet
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Ben Davis
Lead Sylph: Miwako Kubota
Two Sylphs: Robyn Hendricks and Valerie Tereshchenko

 

Wednesday 4 September 1.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

Principals: Leanne Stojmenov and Daniel Gaudiello
First Solo: Amy Harris
Second Solo: Juliet Burnett
Third Solo: Ako Kondo
Fourth Solo: Miwako Kubota

LA SYLPHIDE
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

La Sylphide: Lana Jones
James: Chengwu Guo
Gurn: Jacob Sofer
Effie: Natasha Kusen
Nancy: Sharni Spencer
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Matthew Donnelly
Lead Sylph: Robyn Hendricks
Two Sylphs: Ako Kondo and Dana Stephensen

 

Wednesday 4 September 7.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor:
Simon Thew

Principals: Lana Jones and Kevin Jackson
First Solo: Laura Tong
Second Solo: Robyn Hendricks
Third Solo: Dana Stephensen
Fourth Solo: Benedicte Bemet

LA SYLPHIDE
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

La Sylphide: Madeleine Eastoe
James: Daniel Gaudiello
Gurn: Andrew Wright
Effie: Dana Stephensen
Nancy: Heidi Martin
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Colin Peasley
Lead Sylph: Laura Tong
Two Sylphs: Vivienne Wong and Halaina Hills

 

Thursday 5 September 7.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

Principals: Amber Scott and Ty King-Wall
First Solo: Sharni Spencer
Second Solo: Natasha Kusen
Third Solo: Dimity Azoury
Fourth Solo: Halaina Hills

LA SYLPHIDE
Conductor:
Simon Thew

La Sylphide: Juliet Burnett
James: Chengwu Guo
Gurn: Jacob Sofer
Effie: Halaina Hills
Nancy: Imogen Chapman
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Ben Davis
Lead Sylph: Amy Harris
Two Sylphs: Natasha Kusen and Dimity Azoury

 

Friday 6 September 6.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

Principals: Leanne Stojmenov and Daniel Gaudiello
First Solo: Laura Tong
Second Solo: Robyn Hendricks
Third Solo: Dana Stephensen
Fourth Solo: Miwako Kubota

LA SYLPHIDE
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

La Sylphide: Lana Jones
James: Chengwu Guo
Gurn: Jacob Sofer
Effie: Natasha Kusen
Nancy: Sharni Spencer
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Matthew Donnelly
Lead Sylph: Miwako Kubota
Two Sylphs: Robyn Hendricks and Valerie Tereshchenko

 

Saturday 7 September 1.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor:
Simon Thew

Principals: Amber Scott and Ty King-Wall
First Solo: Sharni Spencer
Second Solo: Natasha Kusen
Third Solo: Dimity Azoury
Fourth Solo: Hailana Hills

LA SYLPHIDE:
Conductor:
Simon Thew

La Sylphide: Leanne Stojmenov
James: Kevin Jackson
Gurn: Jarryd Madden
Effie: Vivienne Wong
Nancy: Benedicte Bemet
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Ben Davis
Lead Sylph: Robyn Hendricks
Two Sylphs: Ako Kondo and Dana Stephensen

 

Saturday 7 September 7.30pm

PAQUITA
Conductor: Phillip Ellis

Principals: Olivia Bell and Adam Bull
First Solo: Amy Harris
Second Solo: Juliet Burnett
Third Solo: Ako Kondo
Fourth Solo: Benedicte Bemet

LA SYLPHIDE
Conductor:
Phillip Ellis

La Sylphide: Madeleine Eastoe
James: Daniel Gaudiello
Gurn: Andrew Wright
Effie: Dana Stephensen
Nancy: Heidi Martin
Mother: Audrey Nicholls
Madge: Colin Peasley
Lead Sylph: Laura Tong
Two Sylphs: Vivienne Wong and Halaina Hills

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004

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