A ballet of strong women
Sylvia tells the universal story of a young woman on the cusp of adulthood. The ballet, which premiered in 1876, was a true game changer in its time, thanks to the new, strong picture it painted of women. The ethereal princesses of romantic ballets stepped aside, giving way to the powerful huntress Sylvia.
John Neumeier’s version of Sylvia deals with themes that are acutely familiar to today’s women, too. Sylvia tries to find a balance between power and vulnerability, aggression and spirituality, and the repression and embrace of emotions.
The ballet’s story is weaved around music composed by Léo Delibes, who was influenced by the work of Richard Wagner. It is considered one of the world’s most accomplished ballet scores.
Recommended for children over the age of 9.