La Sylphide Ballet Story – The Epitome of Romanticism

la sylphide ballet story

La Sylphide ballet story was ballet’s statement ballet in the Age of Romanticism. Marie Taglioni was and always will be the incarnation of its ideal. Her light and graceful dancing and her use of pointe for expressive purposes were fully exploited in the ballet that her father created for her in 1832. La Sylphide became … Read more

Vespri

vespri

All About The Ballet Vespri Above is an extract from Vespri the Opera which was very popular at a time. A lot of people haven’t heard about the Ballet Vespri, and it was also quite difficult to research it, as there isn’t that much about the ballet online. I happened to see the ballet or a … Read more

La Fille Mal Gardee Ballet

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The La Fille Mal Gardee Ballet is one of my favourites. It is light-hearted and funny, and a ballet that I could watch again and again. The literal translation for La Fille Mal Gardee means ‘The Wayward Daughter.’ Some of the first productions of this ballet were known simply as “Fille.” La Fille Mal Gardée is … Read more

Phyllis Spira – Our Own South African Ballerina

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Ever since she began her dancing career, Phyllis Spira has been compared to legendary ballerinas such as Alicia Markova and Margot Fonteyn. It is said that she had the qualities of both these great dancers, but she still remains uniquely and totally herself. Phyllis Spira danced with such impeccable style, grace and strength that she … Read more