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Les Sylphides & Giselle


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Les Sylphides
Svetlana Beriosova / Violetta Elvin / Alicia Markova / John Field
Nadia Nerina / Nikolai Fadeyechev / Niels Bjorn Larsen / Lydia Sokolova / Margaret Hill

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These two exceptional studio performances represent some of the earliest filmed dance material from the BBC archives. Les Sylphides, introduced by Tamara Karsavina, one of the founders of modern British ballet, and the 1958 performance of Giselle both feature stellar international casts embodying a bygone era.

The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.

ICAD 5030


Choreography: Mikhail Fokine

Music: Frédéric Chopin, arr. Roy Douglas


1 Introduction by Tamara Karsavina2.55

2 Prélude (Op.28 no.7)2.20

3 Nocturne (Op.32 no.2)6.51

4 Valse (Op.70 no.1)2.09

5 Mazurka (Op.33 no.2)1.48

6 Prélude (Op.28 no.7)2.46

7 Mazurka (Op.67 no.3)2.27

8 Valse (Op.64 no.2)4.14

9 Valse (Op.18)5.21

10 Credits1.38



Choreography after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Music: Adolphe Adam

Designer: George Djurkovic


Act One

11 Introduction0.25

12 Les Vendangeurs1.20

13 Entrée du Prince0.57

14 Entrée de Giselle4.52

15 Retour des vendangeurs0.42

16 Valse2.29

17 Pas de deux3.12

18 La Chasse4.41

19 Scène d’Hilarion0.15

20 Marche des vignerons1.31

21 Pas seul1.46

22 Galop général1.21

23 Finale6.55


Act Two

24 Introduction et halte des chasseurs1.40

25 Apparition et scène de Myrthe3.02

26 Pas de premières Willis4.21

27 Apparition de Giselle1.38

28 Entrée de Loys4.47

29 Entrée d’Hilarion et scène des Willis2.25

Grand pas de deux

30 a) Adage5.12

31 b) Variation de Loys0.51

32 c) Variation de Giselle0.44

33 d) Valse1.41

34 Finale4.18


Total: 93.51

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martin kendrick

“Great stars of 1950’s ballet are captured in studio films of Les Sylphides and Giselle, now made available on DVD for the first time. The new DVD range from ICA Classics presents rare archive performances with amazing casts. ”

Dancing Times

    martin kendrick

    “Anyone interested in ballet and its history in the UK will certainly want to watch this fascinating disc. ”

    Music Web International

      martin kendrick

      “In all, the disk shows us how much the British did in the twentieth century to preserve classical ballet, and how they performed it: softly, and with lots of acting-a manner probably truer to the originals than anything we have now.”

      The New Yorker

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        “Several ballet legends make rare appearances on film in a DVD of outstanding recordings...”

        Mail on Sunday

          martin kendrick

          “You marvel at the raveshing legato of Markova's dancing, at Beriosova's lyricism, Elvin's lustrous style. This Les Sylphides is essential viewing.”

          Financial Times

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