la sylphide/les sylphidesdifference?
Posted 10 July 2007 - 05:09 AM
Posted 10 July 2007 - 05:50 AM
a web search should also yield a good amount of background information.
in short, here's what the new york public library for the performing arts gives in its catalogue:
Chor: Filippo Taglioni; mus: Jean Schneitzhöffer; lib: Adolphe Nourrit after Charles Nodier; scen: Pierre Cicéri; cos: Eugène Lami. First perf: Paris, Opéra, Mar 12, 1832, Paris Opera Ballet with Marie Taglioni as the Sylphide.
Original title: Shopeniana.
Chor: Mikhail Fokin; mus: Frédéric Chopin, orchestrated by Aleksandr Glazounov; lib: Mikhail Fokin; scen & cos: various artists including Leon Bakst (Waltz). First perf: Russia: St. Petersburg, Marinsky Theatre, Feb 10, 1907, Marinsky Ballet.
Performed: St. Petersburg, Marinsky Theatre, March 8, 1908, Marinsky Ballet; mus. orchestrated by Maurice Keller and Aleksandr Glazounov (Waltz).
Performed: St. Petersburg, Marinsky Theatre, April 6, 1908, Marinsky Ballet School's annual performance, plotless with Taglioni style tutus.
Renamed Les sylphides for first Paris perf: Théâtre du Châtelet, June 2, 1909, Ballets russes de Diaghilev; mus.: orchestrated by Igor Stravinsky, Aleksandr Glazounov, Anatol Liadov and Nikolai Cherepnin; scen & cos.: Alexandre Benois.
Posted 10 July 2007 - 09:51 AM
Les Sylphides was premiered at the Maryinsky in St. Petersburg in 1907, as noted above. It is referred to today as either Les Sylphides or Chopiniana. Russian dancers and teachers typically still call it Chopiniana.
La Sylphide was originally choreographed by Filippo Taglioni in 1832 and featured his daughter, Marie Taglioni (also noted by rg above). The version we are familiar with today is a Bournonville ballet and it was choreographed in 1836.
Posted 10 July 2007 - 10:24 AM
"Les Sylphides" is a Neo-Romantic ballet without ostensible plot, although, like "Serenade", if you want one, you can find one.
Posted 10 July 2007 - 12:37 PM
Fokine's work was a retrenchment. I don't believe I've read anything that he wrote saying, "I wanted to take a step back from where ballet was when I made it, and then start over again," but that was the effect it had.
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