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Les Sylphides

Alternative title: Chopiniana
Choreographer: Michel Fokine
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Rambert premiere: 23 Jun 1930, Marie Rambert Dancers, Lyric Hammersmith, London
World premiere: 23 Feb 1907, Imperial Russian Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Revival credits: 1941 revival: Decor: Andrée Howard
1943 revival: Decor: Guy Sheppard
Sep 1944 revival: Decor: Ronald Wilson
Jul 1953 revival: Decor: Hugh Stevenson
Mar 1963 revival: Decor and costumes: Alix Stone
Music title: Polonaise in A major Opus 40, No. 1 (1838), Nocturne in A flat major Opus 32, No. 2 (1837), Waltz in G flat major Opus 70, No.1 (1832), Mazurka in D major Opus 33, No. 2 (1838), Mazurka in C major Opus 67, No.3 (1838), Waltz in C sharp minor Opus 64, No.2 (1847), Grande Valse brilliante in E-flat minor Opus 18 (1933)
Music details: Live music: initially piano, later a chamber orchestra
Music note: Programmes in the early 1960s credit Reginald Smith Brindle with the orchestration.
Source: Programme and reference file in the Rambert Archive; Bradley, L. 'Sixteen Years of Ballet Rambert' (Hinrichsen Edition Ltd, 1946).
Archive catalogue: WORK/0030

Performances

Date ↿⇂ Programme ↿⇂ Venue ↿⇂
8 Oct 1928
Evening
Prelude: Movements from French Suite No. 5 (Bach) | Queen Swan | The Warrior | Chinese Porcelain | Lusinghe piu care (Handel) | I attempt from Love's sickness to fly (Purcell) | Fairest Isle (Purcell) | Nymph and Shepherd | Serenade (Brahms) | Russian Court Dance* | Rus Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
23 Jun 1930
Evening
Leda and the Swan | La Belle Viennoise | Saudade do Brésil* | Mannequin | Mademoiselle de Maupin* | Our Lady's Juggler | Les Sylphides* | Capriol Suite | Russian Peasant | ''I Can't Abear a Butcher''* | Le Rugby* | Mazurka des Hussars* | Galop* Lyric Hammersmith, London
20 Dec 1930
Evening
Carnaval* | Cricket* | Rugby | A Florentine Picture* | Le Spectre de la Rose | Les Sylphides | Capriol Suite | Shepherd's Hornpipe | Fairy Tales from ''The Sleeping Beauty'' | Mannequin | Farrucca | Final Galop Lyric Hammersmith, London
22 Dec 1930
Evening
Carnaval | Cricket | Rugby | A Florentine Picture | Le Spectre de la Rose | Les Sylphides | Capriol Suite | Shepherd's Hornpipe | Fairy Tales from ''The Sleeping Beauty'' | Mannequin | Farrucca | Final Galop Lyric Hammersmith, London
3 Jan 1931
Evening
Carnaval | Cricket | Rugby | A Florentine Picture | Le Spectre de la Rose | Les Sylphides | Capriol Suite | Shepherd's Hornpipe | Fairy Tales from ''The Sleeping Beauty'' | Mannequin | Farrucca | Final Galop Lyric Hammersmith, London
5 Jan 1931
Evening
Carnaval | Cricket | Rugby | A Florentine Picture | Le Spectre de la Rose | Les Sylphides | Capriol Suite | Primavera* | Fairy Tales from ''The Sleeping Beauty'' | Mannequin | Final Galop Lyric Hammersmith, London
20 Apr 1931
Evening
Les Sylphides | Le Cricket | Adagio from Lac des Cygnes | L'Après-midi d'un faune* | Gavotte Sentimentale | The Circus Girl* | Scherzo* | La Belle Ecuyère* | Mazurka des Hussars | Mars and Venus Mercury Theatre, London
15 Jun 1931
Evening
Les Sylphides | Mars and Venus | Waterloo and the Crimea* | L'Après-midi d'un faune | Gavotte Sentimentale | Russian Pedlar | La Belle Ecuyère | Variation from ''Swan Lake'' | Circus Dance | Mannequin | Farrucca | Mademoiselle Maupin | Mazurka Finale Lyric Hammersmith, London
10 Oct 1931
Evening
Les Sylphides | Songs (The Moussorgsky Vocal Quartet) | Le Rugby | Dances from ''The Three Cornered Hat'' | Capriol Suite | La Péri | Chinese Magician | Songs (The Moussorgsky Vocal Quartet) | Mars and Venus | Russian Boyard Dance | American Sailor | Mannequin | Peasants' Frolic New Theatre, London
4 Feb 1932
Evening
La Péri | Mr Roll's Military Quadrilles* | A Florentine Picture | Constanza's Lament* | Saudade do Brésil | Pompette* | Le Rugby | The Tartans (Dances on a Scottish Theme) | Les Sylphides Mercury Theatre, London
27 Nov 1932
Evening
''Valse'' from Les Sylphides | ''Fée Dragée'' from Aurora's Wedding | The Shepherd's Wooing (from 'The Gods go a-begging') | ''Pas de Deux'' from Mr Roll's Military Quadrilles | ''Desperate Blues''* | A Florentine Picture | Le Spectre de la Rose | ''Russian Peasant' Mercury Theatre, London
7 May 1933
Evening
Les Sylphides | Pavane pour une Infante Défunte* | Atalanta of the East* | Les Masques (ou, Changement de Dames) Mercury Theatre, London
29 Oct 1933
Evening
Valse (from Les Sylphides) | The Marriage of Hebe | Pavane pour une Infante Défunte | Our Lady's Juggler* | Foyer de Danse Mercury Theatre, London
4 Mar 1934
Evening
Mermaid* | Lysistrata | Les Sylphides Mercury Theatre, London
13 Feb 1938
Evening
Les Sylphides | Croquis de ''Mercure'' (Sketches for ''Mercury'')* | The Tartans | Ricordanza (Liszt) | Bar aux Folies-Bergère Mercury Theatre, London
6 Jul 1940
Matinee
Les Sylphides | Le Cricket | Le Rugby | Le Boxing | Lady into Fox | Gala Performance* Theatre Royal, Brighton
7 May 1941
Tea
Overture | Passionate Pavane | Panaderos* | Shepherd's Wooing | Prelude | Valse | Mazurka | Pas de Deux | Interlude | Death and the Maiden | Interlude | Les Masques (ou, Changement de Dames) The Arts Theatre Club, London
7 May 1941
Tea
Overture | Passionate Pavane | Panaderos* | Shepherd's Wooing | Prelude | Valse | Mazurka | Pas de Deux | Interlude | Death and the Maiden | Interlude | Les Masques (ou, Changement de Dames) The Arts Theatre Club, London
7 May 1941
Tea
Overture | Passionate Pavane | Panaderos* | Shepherd's Wooing | Prelude | Valse | Mazurka | Pas de Deux | Interlude | Death and the Maiden | Interlude | Les Masques (ou, Changement de Dames) The Arts Theatre Club, London
7 May 1941
Tea
Overture | Passionate Pavane | Panaderos* | Shepherd's Wooing | Prelude | Valse | Mazurka | Pas de Deux | Interlude | Death and the Maiden | Interlude | Les Masques (ou, Changement de Dames) The Arts Theatre Club, London
21 Aug 1941
Lunch
Chopiniana | Confessional* The Arts Theatre Club, London
26 Mar 1943
Time unknown
Les Sylphides | Death and the Maiden | Spanish Dance | Russian Dance (from 'Midnight Sun') | Foyer de Danse | Confessional | Carnival of Animals* Mercury Theatre, London
27 Dec 1943
Matinee
Soirée Musicale (in the play 'The Toy Princess') | Valse Noble (in the play 'The Toy Princess') | Coquette (in the play 'The Toy Princess') | Carnival of Animals (in the play 'The Toy Princess') | Dances from Les Sylphides (in the play 'The Toy Princess') Arts Theatre Cambridge
29 Nov 1944
Evening
Les Sylphides | Soirée Musicale | Lady into Fox | Simple Symphony* Theatre Royal, Bristol
2 Jun 1947
Evening
Les Sylphides | The Sailor's Return* Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
21 Nov 1949
Evening
Les Sylphides | Don Quixote (Pas de deux Classique) | L'Après-midi d'un Faune | La Mort du Cygne | Capriccio Espagnol* | Blue Bird (Pas de deux Classique) | Giselle Act II Empress Hall, London
31 Aug 1950
Evening
Les Sylphides | Kaleidoscope | The Eve of St. Agnes* | Façade Theatre Royal, Bath
23 Oct 1950
Evening
Les Sylphides | Prismatic Variations* | Antonia | The Eve of Saint Agnes King's Theatre, London
8 Nov 1950
Evening
Les Sylphides | Kaleidescope | Jota Aragonesa* | Winter Night | Bar aux Folies-Bergère Arts Theatre Cambridge
15 Jan 1953
Evening
Les Sylphides | Past Recalled* | Plaisance | The Gala Performance Connaught Theatre, Worthing
17 May 1954
Evening
Les Sylphides | Love Knots* | Winter Night | Façade (The Original Version) Oxford Playhouse
21 Jun 1954
Evening
Les Sylphides | Variations on a Theme* | Gala Performance | Winter Night Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
28 Jun 1955
Evening
Les Sylphides | Persephone* | Past Recalled | The Gala Performance Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
10 Jul 1956
Evening
Winter Night | The Dying Swan | Façade | L'Après-midi d'un faune | Les Sylphides Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
3 Nov 1957
Evening
Les Sylphides [Unknown venue], Hangzhou, China
14 Aug 1958
Evening
Les Sylphides | Fireflies | Two Brothers* | The Gala Performance Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
16 Jun 1960
Evening
Les Sylphides | The Wise Monkeys* | The Lilac Garden | The Gala Performance Essoldo Theatre, Brighton
17 Jun 1964
Matinee
Les Sylphides | Sweet Dancer* | Gala Performance New Theatre, Oxford
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