La Sylphide by August Bournonville, music by Herman Løvenskiold

Lis Jeppesen (La Sylphide), Nikolaj Hübbe (James), Sorella Englund (Madge) – Royal Danish Ballet

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Henning Kronstam — Co-stage director

Arlette Weinreich — Co-stage director

Søren Frandsen — Stage design

Roy Emerson — Audio Director

Chris Bartlett-Judd — Lighting

Lis Jeppesen — La Sylphide

Nikolaj Hübbe — James

Sorella Englund — Madge

Morten Munksdorf — Gurn

Ann-Kristin Hauge — Effy

Kirsten Simone — Anna

Anne Marie Vessel — Nancy

The Royal Danish Ballet

The Royal Danish Orchestra

Poul Jorgensen — Conductor

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The preeminent 19th-century Danish choreographer August Bournonville's La Sylphide remains one of his most celebrated works. In the 1988 performance now available in archival film footage, the Royal Danish Ballet and Orchestra (under the baton of Poul Jorgensen) bring Bournonville's 1836 version to life, with Lis Jeppesen in the title role and Nikolaj Hübbe as her lover James.

When Sylphide meets the Scottish farmer James and entrances him with her warmth and beauty, a love for the ages begins. Unfortunately for them, the witch and fortune-teller Madge has become set on revenge against James after he rejected her, a dreadful malice that leads to tragic consequences for the young lovers...

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