Choreography – Michael Fokine
Director Andris Liepa
Les Sylphides is romantic dreams of a poet. Light-winged sylphs dancing to piano music written by Frederic Cho- pin, arranged for orchestra by A. Glazunov. The ballet does not have complicated moves, quite the opposite, the movement of dancers is so deliberately simple, as though they are dancing for themselves, and not in front of the audience. Mikhael Fokine created Les Sylphides in the very beginning of the 20th century. It first premiered in 1907 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The second version was shown as part of Diaghilev’s Russian Seasons in 1909. The soloists were Tamara Karsavina, Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky. Those pieces by Chopin that would later become a part of the “Diaghilev” version of Fokine’s ballet had not yet been arranged by Glazunov, and were arranged for the Paris premiere by G.Gershwin, S.Taneyev and A.Liadov.