The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., continues its new HD dance series with “La Sylphide,” one of the oldest surviving Romantic ballets, Wednesday, June 26, at 7 p.m.

A beautiful fairy disappears into the mist. How will the amorous farmer find her again … and what will his fiancee think of all this? “La Sylphide” features an all-star cast including Aurelie Dupont and Mathieu Ganio in a production captured live at the Paris Opera Ballet.

Created in 1832 at the Paris Opera, Philippe Taglioni’s “La Sylphide” heralded the advent of the romantic ballet. The delicate and ethereal dancer Marie Taglioni played the unattainable, dream-conjured sylph, alongside Joseph Mazilier. Via the pointe shoes and long diaphanous tutus she wore, the ballerina became an emblematic figure. The libretto by Adolphe Nourrit was inspired by romantic tales recounting the impossible love between a human and a supernatural creature. The work was a critical triumph from the outset, praised in particular by Théophile Gautier, who would later write the libretto for “Giselle.”

This emblematic ballet was lost to the repertoire for more than a century but is now presented at the Paris Opera in a faithful recreation by Pierre Lacotte, whose choreographic culture has enabled him to unravel and recast the spells of the grand French romantic style.

Tickets are $15, $10 for students. For ticket and information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or