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Frank Andersen presents a stage rehearsal on 18 February 2019 to watch »La Sylphide« at Staatsballett Berlin

Berlin, 05 February 2018 --- In the run-up to the premiere of »La Sylphide«, the audience of the Staatsballett Berlin can look forward to a very special opportunity: They can experience a ballet rehearsal up close. Frank Andersen - a specialist when it comes to the ballets of the choreographer August Bournonville - will present a public rehearsal on the grand stage of the Deutsche Oper and offer insights into his work with the dancers for free.

The rehearsal will take place on Monday, February 18, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. As of today free seat tickets are available at our ticket offices at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden as well as online via the Staatsballett website.

Frank Andersen will present this stage rehearsal in English, introduce the work and its history, and give insights into August Bournonville's staging style and dance technique. Excerpts from the second act of »La Sylphide« will also be shown. Frank Andersen is a scion of the Royal Danish Ballet School, has been artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet Copenhagen for many years and is one of the leading Bournonville specialists in rehearsing its works worldwide. His services to Auguste Bournonville and his art have been honoured with various awards.

With the ballet »La Sylphide« about a Scottish country squire and his unattainable love for a sylph, the nerve of the Romantic Age had been struck at its premiere in Paris in 1832: In keeping with the spirit of the times, the conflict between the earthly and the supernatural was expressed. It is thanks to the consistent implementation of this idea that »La Sylphide« became the model: for the »white ballet« par excellence, for the meaning of the ballerina, which floats mysteriously, supernatally and untouched. As the completion of this ballet ideal, »La Sylphide« spread throughout Europe.