Chopiniana is a one-act choreographic suite, and a true masterpiece, staged by Michel Fokine in the early 1900s.
Chopiniana is a one-act choreographic suite, and a true masterpiece, staged by Michel Fokine in the early 1900s. The choreographer had been inspired by Frederic Chopin's music and by La Sylphide, a spectacular ballet starring the inimitable Maria Taglioni — and as a result, he brought the great composer's mazurkas and preludes to life with astounding subtlety and skill.
The plot of this stylized performance, originally intended for Anna Pavlova, revolved around the story of a sylphide, an ethereal, faerie creature, the embodiment of hope, who fell in love with a mortal man. Fokine himself wrote, 'It was a dance in Taglioni's style — the style of that bygone age when poetry was the cornerstone of ballet; when a dancer tiptoed on her pointe shoes not to show off her endurance, but to, by barely touching the ground, give off the impression of zephyr-like flight, something not of this earth... The audience was mesmerized, and so was I'.
A ballet in one act
Running time 30 minutes
The revived show premiered on OCTOBER 28, 2015
The Theatre would like to express its gratitude to Mr Toshihiko Takahashi for his support in creating the production.