Announcements / Premiere. “La Sylphide”, choreography, stage design and costumes by Pierre Lacotte
“La Sylphide” is an absolute symbol of romantic ballet. In this very production a ballet dancer Maria Taglioni was the first artist to dance on toes (“not for effect but for the sake of imaginative tasks”). Taglioni’s heroine really seemed to be miraculous creature, not a woman but a ghost who violated the laws of the earth gravity. The dancer skimmed on the stage surface almost not touching the floor and faded for an instant in a flying arabesque, as if she was carried by some wonderful power on the cutting edge of the curved foot. That “La Sylphide” had been staged for Maria by her father Filippo Taglioni and was carefully revived by the other French choreographer Pierre Lacotte one hundred and fifty years later.
The ballet plot is based on a fantastic novel of French writer Charles Nodier “Trilby” (1822). The premiere of the ballet with the music of French composer Jean Schneitzhoeffer was presented in Grand Opera de Paris in1832.
“La Sylphide” of the Stanislavsky Music Theater is staged by Pierre Lacotte and his wife, Ghislaine Thesmar who was not only a great performer of La Sylphide’s main part but a brilliant coach as well. It is Theasmar who is rehearsing the main part with the ballet dancers of Music Theater. Yukari Saito and Anna Salmon are assisting the choreographer in the production.
The production premiere will take place December 2 and 3, 2011.
Rehearsal broadcast on the channel "Russia-Culture"