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dances for the Scottish farmer James, whom she has entranced with her love and beauty,
we are witnessing the first scene of the most famous and enduring ballet by August Bournonville.
The great Danish choreographer and former dancer (he had partnered Marie Taglioni) created
La Sylphide for the Royal Danish Ballet in 1836. Of all his surviving ballets it is the oldest and most widely performed.
The Royal Danish Ballet rightly regards its interpretations of the Bournonville classics
as being in the purest and most faithfully maintained tradition.
Lis Jeppesen dances the lead role of La Sylphide, a role which demands lyrical interpretation
as well as superb technique. Equal expressiveness and faultless dancing are required of James,
here performed by Nikolaj Hübbe. Sorella Englund is the brilliant interpreter of the role of Madge,
the witch and fortune-teller, whose rejection by James leads her to seek dreadful revenge on him,
with tragic consequences.
Anne Marie Vessel