Sylvia Pas de Deux
George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
From Sylvia, ou la Nymphe de Diane
Photo © Paul Kolnik
This ballet is in the tradition of a grand pas de deux, with “Entree,” “Adagio,” two solos, and a “Coda.”
Léo Delibes (1836-1891) was born in St. Germain du Val and died in Paris. He learned music as a child from his mother and uncle. Renowned as a composer for dance, he had a gift for illustrating action, creating atmosphere, and inspiring movement. Although he spent many years as a church organist, he was drawn more to the theater, and he composed many light operas. The decisive advance in his career came in 1870, with his full-length ballet Coppélia, which includes melodic national dances, descriptive passages introducing the main characters, and musical effects that have captured audiences for more than 100 years.