La Sylphide

Let’s face it—ballet has a lot of death. There’s Odette and Siegfried’s double suicide, Giselle’s famous collapse (not to mention the Willis’ revenge on poor Hilarion) and don’t even get me started on the body count that Romeo and Juliet’s love leaves in its wake. Dramatic death scenes require some serious acting skills, which Italian prima ballerina Carla Fracci delivers in this clip of La Sylphide, filmed for television in 1962. Fracci enacts the Sylph’s demise with poetic grace.

Published November 20, 2009
We’ve all experienced it—a performance so striking that you leave the theater entranced, wishing it didn’t have to end. Each year, dancers all over the country wow us. It might be their dazzling technique, a surprising interpretation or their moving artistry. To wrap up the year, Pointe looked…more »