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Rhapsody / La Sylphide

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The Royal Ballet presents a mixed bill of Ashton's Rhapsody and Bournonville's La Sylphide. Read More >

Ashton’s Rhapsody, set to Rachmaninoff’s famous set of variations for piano and orchestra, was created as a celebratory showpiece for its leading male dancer, his female partner and their accompanying 12 dancers. From the quirky and confident opening its sophisticated evolutions are in turn playful, romantic, elegant and elegaic.

Bournonville’s style is evident in the second half of this bill, with the return of the hugely successful production by Johan Kobborg of the ballet classic, La Sylphide, new last season. Good and evil intertwine with fated young love in a story full of bitter-sweet allure. James, spurns his bride-to-be to pursue the love of the beautiful, other-worldly sylph of the title. But when a witch causes the sylph to lose her wings and thus her life, James is left utterly alone.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 15/01/2007

Closing Night: 09/02/2007

Running time: 2h45

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Cast & Creative


Producer - Sylphide: Johan Kobborg

Designer - Rhapsody: Jessica Curtis

Choreographer - Rhapsody: Ashton, Sylphide: Bournonville

Conductor - Timothy Henty (Rhapsody) and Benjamin Pope

Lighting Designer - Rhapsody: Neil Austin, Sylphide: Mark Jonathan

Set Designer - Sylphide: Soren Frandsen

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