Giselle V La Sylphide

Giselle V La Sylphide

Giselle and La Sylphide are two very similar ballets with very slight differences. They both have the forbidden love story, but Giselle has a girl who falls out of love with her boy and into love with a stranger, while La Sylphide has a boy who falls out of love with his girl and in love with a mythical creature. Also, Giselle is a more classic ballet in the dancing in the first act compared to La Sylphide which has more folk dancing in the first act. Both stories are two acts with a fantasy story in the second act. These two stories ended in sadness and reminded me of Romeo and Juliet in the sense that there was forbidden love that lead to a tragedy… I guess great the Ballet writers think alike.

Lian Dellasala


2 thoughts on “Giselle V La Sylphide

  1. I really like how Lian concluded her blog with the fact that these ballets end in tragedies just like Romeo and Juliet did because that is something I also observed. In La Sylphide, the love between James and the Sylph was of course forbidden because she is not a human, and the love between Giselle and Loys is forbidden because Loys is engaged to another woman. Both ballets contain a female lead dying which is incredibly tragic but also predictable from a ballet based on forbidden love. I think La Sylphide is a little bit lighter in plot because although the Sylph dies, she is a mystic creature and she was not supposed to be with James anyways. In Giselle it is tragically sad because she dies of a broken heart, which shows true love and reminds me of how Romeo and Juliet died because they could not be together.

    Natalie D’Addieco

  2. I agree with Natalie, both stories ended tragically. However, Giselle came across as a much more tragic because Giselle was a young died of a broken heart, while in La Slyphide, the sylph died but since she wasn’t human her death is not a big of tragedy. Both ballets consisted of themes revolving around impossible love. This theme is very prominent within many early ballets including Romeo and Juliet. I think its very interesting that tragic love stories were such popular entertainment within the early ballets.

    Amanda Ziegler

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