La Sylphide seduces London

Queensland Ballet wowed UK audiences last week at the Coliseum Theatre with its production of La Sylphide.

La Sylphide seduces London

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This production is the award-winning London production by Peter Schaufuss which premiered in 1979 by London Festival Ballet (now known as English National Ballet).

London’s critics gave the Queensland Ballet's production ofLa Sylphideglowing reviews—a production that delighted Brisbane audiences earlier this year.

Danish ballet master August Bournonville createdLa Sylphidefor the Royal Danish Ballet in 1836.It embraces the characteristic Bournonville style of graceful, seemingly effortless dance, performed with great dramatic impact. (The guiding principle of the Bournonville method,devised by the Danish ballet master August Bournonville,is that the dancer should perform with a natural grace, dramatic impact and harmony between body and music.)

The Guardian writes: 'It'sdifficult for any company to get right, let alone one so culturally distant from the ballet’s point of origin. Yet, under the direction of Li Cunxin, Queensland perform with a collective spirit that make the ballet their own.... Queensland Ballet made this production their own.'

'…La Sylphide is an excellent showcase for Li’s well-drilled dancers.'Financial times

'…an impressiveLa Sylphidewith fine attention to detail and engaging performances'.Maggie Foyer,Critical Dance

'… [Queensland Ballet] display an impressive mastery of the precision-tooled footwork and buoyant carriage so essential to the Danish style'.Judith Mackrell,The Guardian

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