In 1836, La Sylphide revolutionised ballet, popularising dancing en pointe and giving audiences their first glimpse of the Romantic ballerina – unattainable and unearthly.
The Scottish dreamer James is fascinated by a woodland sprite, and spurns his fiancée to follow her. Intent on capturing the ethereal beauty for his own, he accepts the help of a vengeful witch, who leads him to his downfall.
This poignant two-act work will be paired with Marius Petipa’s glittering party piece Paquita, the last flowering of the Romantic ballet and a chance for The Australian Ballet’s dancers to display their sparkling technique.
Below we have collected a group of jewellery pieces that any wood sylph would be proud to own.
The performances start tomorrow night and run through until 25 November
For more information see the Australian Ballet