La Sylphide

A Romantic Ballet in Two Acts

March 2—6, 2016

La Sylphide

A Romantic Ballet in Two Acts

March 2—6, 2016

About the Ballet

Restaged by Johan Kobborg

The work that, more than any other, established many of the central themes and conventions of Romantic ballet, La Sylphide remains to this day not just a historical landmark, but a vital and thrilling example of the art of storytelling in dance. The ballet relates the story of a young Scottish farmer, James, who, on the eve of their wedding, abandons his betrothed, Effie, after being enticed away to the forest by the ethereal Sylphide of the title. But when the Sylphide dies and Effie marries another, James is left tragically alone.

Johan Kobborg’s expressive and attentive restaging of the ballet fully embraces the ballet’s Romantic preoccupations, such as the link between the feminine and the supernatural and the hero who forsakes happiness in the real world for an idealized, unearthly beauty. But he also employs the ballet’s legendary virtuosity and technical challenges not just as ends in themselves, but to support and enhance our understanding of the characters, enlivening and vividly reframing the work as few modern productions have.

La Sylphide is utterly compelling.” The Guardian, London

La Sylphide gallery View Gallery

La Sylphide Trailer

Inside the Studio with La Sylphide

La Sylphide: Ballet Talk with Lindsay Fischer


“Utterly compelling... fabulous array of Copenhagen-school dancing, Kobborg is making a statement about his heritage.” —The Guardian, London

“★★★★★/5 ... seamlessly good.” —Financial Times, London

“Kobborg was raised in the Bournonville tradition and is considered one of its foremost interpreters.” —Herald-Tribune

Running Time

  • Act I 35m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 35m
  • Total (approx) 1h 30m


La Sylphide
Jurgita Dronina (March 2)
Elena Lobsanova (March 3 at 2:00 pm, 5 at 7:30 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (March 3 at 7:30 pm, 5 at 2:00 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina (March 4 , 6)

Harrison James (March 2, 3 at 7:30 pm, 5 at 2:00 pm)
Naoya Ebe (March 3 at 2:00 pm, 5 at 7:30 pm)
Dawid Trzensimiech (March 4, 6)

Sonia Rodriguez (March 2, 6)
Stephanie Hutchison (March 3 at 2:00 pm, 5 at 7:30 pm)
Rebekah Rimsay (March 3 at 7:30 pm, 4, 5 at 2:00 pm)

Jillian Vanstone (March 2, 3 at 7:30 pm, 4, 6)
Meghan Pugh (March 3 at 2:00 pm, 5)

Piotr Stanczyk (March 2, 6)
Skylar Campbell (March 3 at 2:00 pm, 5 at 7:30 pm)
Jack Bertinshaw (March 3 at 7:30 pm, 5 at 2:00 pm)
Dylan Tedaldi (March 4)

*Casting subject to change
† Guest Artist

Further Reading

A Note on La Sylphide


What to Watch for in La Sylphide
by Artistic Director Karen Kain

Running Time

  • Act I 35m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 35m
  • Total (approx) 1h 30m


Johan Kobborg after August Bournonville

Herman Severin Løvenskjold

Set and Costume Design:
Desmond Heeley

Lighting Design:
Robert Thomson

Ballet Talks

The National Ballet invites you to attend the La Sylphide Ballet Talk 45 minutes before every show in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Enhance your experience and learn more about our productions from Lindsay Fischer, Artistic Director, YOU dance/Ballet Master.

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Top image credit: Sonia Rodriguez in La Sylphide. Photo by Andrew Oxenham.