La Sylphide, one of the world’s oldest classical ballets, will be presented by the Atlanta Ballet Sept. 15-17.

Based on the original 1836 Royal Danish Ballet production choreographed by August Bournonville, La Sylphide contains all the elements of Romantic ballet—a dark setting enshrouded in mist, a melodramatic love story doomed by a mysterious enchantment, and ethereal women in white. 

Danced in the specific Bournonville style that brings out joyful high points, this ballet tells the tragic story of a Scottish nobleman who finds himself in love with a sylph—a fairy-like spirit who is not of his world. 

Additional choreography for the show was created by Johan Kobborg. The Atlanta Ballet orchestra will perform live, featuring the music of H. S. Løvenskjold.

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Photo: A scene from the ballet La Sylphide, coming to Atlanta this fall. Photo ©Kim Kenney