Les Sylphides by Mikhail Fokine, music by Frédéric Chopin

Svetlana Beriosova, Violetta Elvin, Alicia Markova, John Field...

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Svetlana Beriosova
Violetta Elvin
Alicia Markova
John Field
Lydia Sokolova — Répétitrice
Mikhail Fokine — Choreographer
Eric Robinson — Conductor

Program notes

This ballet is choreographer Michel Fokine's new reading of his ballet created a few years before, Chopiniana, where he pays a tribute to the old days romantic ballets. The work does not follow a logical narrative progression, as Karsavina says in the introduction, it is a "Romantic reverie." The unique male dancer (John Field in this version) embodies a Poet. The corps de ballet and the three women soloists Alice Markova, Violetta Elvin and Svetlana Beriosova are intimately linked to the Russian Ballet and to Russia as a whole.

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Production date: 2011
Recording date: 1953
Duration: 32 min
Production: © BBC, under licence to International Classical Artists Ltd
Resolution: SD