SYLPH'S UP

A timeless tale of tragic romance, some of ballet's loveliest music, and a serious contender for the wickedest witch of all time -- no wonder La Sylphide remains one of the most popular and long-performed ballets. Selected to close LAB's third season and following consistent praise for its mixed bills and particularly high marks for its staging of George Balanchine's ballets, L.A.'s own professional ballet company unveils its La Sylphide. This new production marks a new milestone: the company's second full-length ballet to follow its successful production of The Nutcracker. Featured in Pointe Magazine for her 2008 performances, Corina Gill dances the ethereal role of the sylph while Eddy Tovar, following his stunning LAB performance in Balanchine's Prodigal Son, is James, the young Scotsman who abandons his bride to follow the enchanting Sylphide and to match wits with the deliciously evil Madge the witch, portrayed by no less than LAB artistic director Colleen Neary. The production has been staged by Thordal Christensen, whose credits before he was LAB artistic director include the artistic director post at the Royal Danish Ballet where this masterpiece is a cherished part of the repertoire. Last week's opening in Redondo Beach confirmed LAB's continuing strides toward greatness. This not-to-be-missed ballet moves to Westwood this weekend and closes in Glendale next week. Also at Alex Theater, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; Sat., May 30, 7:30 p.m., $30-$95. www.losangelesballet.org or (310) 998-7782. --Ann Haskins
Sat., May 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 24, 2 p.m., 2009


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