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
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...