Nicoletta Manni as Sylvia and Timofej Andrijashenko as Aminta in Sylvia. Music by Leo Delibes, choreography by Manuel Legris. Petipa Awards Gala 2023, San Francisco 23.9.2023, organised by the Petipa Heritage Foundation, Vasily Medvedev and Stanislav Feco.
Sylvia, originally Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, is a full-length ballet in two or three acts, first choreographed by Louis Mérante to music by Léo Delibes in 1876. Sylvia is a typical classical ballet in many respects, yet it has many interesting features that make it unique. The work is notable for its mythological Arcadian setting, creative choreographies, expansive sets and, above all, its remarkable score.
Sylvia is a chaste huntress nymph, loyal to Diana, object of Aminta’s desire. Aminta is a simple shepherd boy who is in love with Sylvia.
Nicoletta Manni (born 1991) is an Italian ballet dancer. A prima ballerina of the La Scala Theatre Ballet since 2009, she was promoted to prima ballerina in April 2014. Born in Galatina, in the province of Lecce in the south east of Italy, Manni began dancing as a small child, encouraged by her mother Anna De Matteis. When she was 12, she began training at the La Scala Theatre Ballet School, graduating in 2009. When she was 17, she joined the Berlin State Ballet but returned to La Scala four years later in 2013.
Timofej Andrijashenko, the Principal of La Scala Ballet, was trained at the Riga Choreography School. In 2009, during the International Dance Competition Città di Spoletto, he won a full scholarship to the Russian Ballet College in Genoa, under the direction of Irina Kashkova. In March 2014, he joined the corps de ballet of the Opera Theatre in Rome, under the direction of Micha von Hoecke. In 2014, he joined the corps de ballet of La Scala Theatre Ballet, promoted to principal in February 2018.
Photos by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of Petipa Heritage Foundation, special thanks to mr. Vasily Medvedev and mr. Stanislav Feco.