La Sylphide

La Sylphide

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La Sylphide

The Danish Royal Ballet mounted composer August Bournonville's infamous 1836 ballet La Sylphide - the oldest of his works still extant - with a cast that includes Lis Jeppesen in the title role, Nikolaj Hübbe as James, Sorella Englund as Madge and Kirsten Simone as Anna, and featuring choreography by August Bournonville; that production is now available in this home release. The work's (by-now-familiar) tragic fantasy-romance involves the plight of James, a Scottish farmer and husband-to-be who is entranced - on the night before his wedding - by a "Sylphide," or forest fairy. Over the course of the following day, the creature appears at various points to dance seductively before James, thus interrupting his wedding; when she steals James's wedding band, he ultimately chases her into the forest, jilting his bride, Effy, at the altar. He has clearly fallen in love with the creature, but tragedy shows its face when James places on the Sylphide's shoulders a scarf cursed by Madge, the forest witch. The Sylphide's wings fall off, she dies, and James's best friend, Gurn, marries Effy.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2006
UPC: 0032031285699
Original Release: 1988
Source: Kultur Video
Region Code: 1
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 1:02:00
Sales rank: 53,794

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- August Bournonville: La Sylphide
1. James's Dream [6:05]
2. Celebrations Prior to the Wedding [3:25]
3. Madge Tells Fortunes [4:24]
4. The Sylphide Returns [7:11]
5. Wedding Festivities [4:36]
6. The Sylphide Entices James Away [2:34]
7. The Witches [2:37]
8. The Sylphide's Realm [9:08]
9. Grand Divertissment [5:40]
10. The Search for James [4:21]
11. The Sylphide Dies [9:50]
12. Credits [2:51]

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