Chopiniana rehearsal at Saaremaa opera days 2013, State Ballet of Georgia, Nini Samadashvili and Nino Gogua as soloists.
Chopiniana (Les Sylphides) is a short, non-narrative ballet blanc. Its original choreography was by Michel Fokine, with music by Frédéric Chopin orchestrated by Alexander Glazunov. Glazunov had already set some of the music in 1892 as a purely orchestral suite, under the title Chopiniana, Op. 46. In that form it was introduced to the public in December 1893, conducted by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
The ballet, often described as a “romantic reverie”, was indeed the first ballet ever to be simply that. Les Sylphides has no plot, but instead consists of many white-clad sylphs dancing in the moonlight with the poet or young man dressed in white tights and a black top.
Photos by Jack Devant with kind permission of the Saaremaa Opera Days, special thanks to Lauri Aav.