Marie Taglioni as La Sylphide
|Choreographed by||Filippo Taglioni|
|Composed by||Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer|
|Libretto by||Adolphe Nourrit|
|Based on||Trilby, ou Le lutin d'Argail|
|Date of premiere||12 March 1832|
|Place of premiere||Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique|
|Original ballet company||Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique|
|Created for||Marie Taglioni|
La Sylphide (English: The Sylph) is a romantic ballet. It was created for Marie Taglioni by her father Filippo Taglioni to showcase her talents. The story is about a young Scotsman who is lured away from his bride by a sylph (fairy) on their wedding day. The two dally in a forest glade before the young man accidentally causes the sylph's death. The ballet was first performed in the Salle Le Peletier in Paris on 12 March 1832. The ballet was a great success. Taglioni was regarded as the greatest ballerina of the age.
In November 1836, August Bournonville choreographed his version to music by Herman Severin Løvenskiold for the Royal Danish Ballet. Taglioni's choreography has been lost, but Bournonville's exists and is still danced in Copenhagen. In 1972, Pierre Lacotte reconstructed Taglioni's choreography from prints, notes, and other materials.