Serenade & La Sylphide

March 2019

The Los Angeles Ballet Serenade & La Sylphide



This passionate program offers two masterpieces choreographed by the two "Mr. B's". August Bournonville's  La Sylphide, in 2 acts, is a captivating story of love and loss. George Balanchine's Serenade, stirring, sweeping and romantic, is one of Balanchine's best-loved works.


Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance - the first original ballet Balanchine created in America. Designing it as a lesson in stage technique, Balanchine included unexpected rehearsal events in the choreography. When one student fell, he incorporated it. Another day, a student arrived late, and this too became part of the ballet. 

Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

La Sylphide

La Sylphide marked the beginning of the Romantic era in ballet. This charming and fantastical ballet revolves around James, a young Scotsman who fatefully meets and falls in love with Sylph on the day he is to wed his betrothed. He is befriended and then betrayed by a witch, and in the end James loses both his betrothed and his Sylph. La Sylphide's poignant beauty is reflected in how simply the story is told. 

Choreography by Thordal Christensen after August Bournonville   
Music by Herman Severin Løvenskiold 

Los Angeles Ballet Serenade Photos Los Angeles Ballet La Sylphide Photos
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Redondo Beach PAC

Mar 2, 7:30pm 

Royce Hall

Mar 9, 6:00pm

Alex Theatre

Mar 16, 7:30pm

Serenade Choreographed by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust


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