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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