This ballet is more than 180 years old. It is the most revered pearl of early Romanticism (Giselle came later) and the most outstanding work of the great Danish choreographer August Bournonville.The title character is a forest fairy who finds herself in a human world. Human feelings and deeds are so robust and so eerie the Sylphide is doomed to perish. James also will never be happy again. La Sylphide is a reversed Giselle - a ballet with a rather naive moral yet with most beautiful dances - seemingly simple but actually very refined. This ballet was raised from oblivion (it was forgotten for more than hundred years) by Elsa Marianne von Rosen, and since the sixties it occupies a visible place in repertoire of many ballet companies throughout the world.