La Sylphide

20 March — 31 March, Playhouse, QPAC

Award winning production by Peter Schaufuss

Woken on his wedding day morning by a beautiful, winged sylph, the Scotsman James is utterly bewitched.

Elusive and playful, she professes her love for him. James’s obsessive pursuit of the otherworldly creature leads him to abandon his fiancée and follow the sylph into the dangerous realm of the forest sprites. Here, he realises that in reaching for unattainable love, he has lost everything. 

La Sylphide by the Danish ballet master August Bournonville premiered in Copenhagen by the Royal Danish Ballet in 1836. It is a captivating work which remains one of the most loved Romantic ballets to this day. 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). It embraces the characteristic Bournonville style of graceful, seemingly effortless dance, performed with great dramatic impact.

The Story

It is the morning of James’s marriage to Effie and he is asleep in his armchair. A winged figure, a Sylphide, is kneeling by his side. 

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The History

August Bournonville's La Sylphide is an adaptation of an 1832 French ballet of the same name. 

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The Music

19-year old Herman Severin Løvenskjold composed La Sylphide.

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  • Friday 20 March — 7:30pm Fri 20 Mar — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 21 March — 1:30pm Sat 21 Mar — 1:30pm
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  • Saturday 21 March — 7:30pm Sat 21 Mar — 7:30pm
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  • Tuesday 24 March — 6:30pm Tue 24 Mar — 6:30pm
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  • Wednesday 25 March — 7:30pm Wed 25 Mar — 7:30pm
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  • Thursday 26 March — 7:30pm Thu 26 Mar — 7:30pm
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  • Friday 27 March — 7:30pm Fri 27 Mar — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 28 March — 1:30pm Sat 28 Mar — 1:30pm
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  • Saturday 28 March — 7:30pm Sat 28 Mar — 7:30pm
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  • Tuesday 31 March — 6:30pm Tue 31 Mar — 6:30pm
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Adult $95
Concession $80
30 yrs & under $60
Child $50
Family $240 (2 adults, 2 children)

An additional transaction fee of $6.20 applies.

Discounts apply for season ticket packages. Create your own ballet package by choosing just two or more ballets.


Playhouse, QPAC

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Groups 8+ $80
One ticket free per group of eight

Schools $25 per student
One teacher free per group of ten


After selected performances at QPAC, a panel of creative artists and dancers discusses aspects of the ballet you’ve just seen.



Informative, keepsake programs are distributed free-of-charge at all performances.

Click here to view the La Sylphide program.



Introduce your students to dance through our range of dance workshops for all ages and abilities. Our EdSquad dancers come to your school to deliver safe, educative and inspiring dance experiences.

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Choreography Peter Schaufuss and August Bournonville
Composer Herman Severin Løvenskjold
With Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Andrew Mogrelia
Stagers Mary Li and Janette Mulligan
Set and Costume Designer David Walker
Lighting Designer Steen Bjarke


Act I – 45 minutes
Interval – 20 minutes
Act II – 50 minutes


La Sylphide will tour to London’s Coliseum Theatre in August 2015. To find out more and purchase tickets click here

For information on the accompanying Supporters’ Tour, click here.

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