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Leo Delibes - Sylvia in Opera Paris Ballet (fragment 3)

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Published on Jul 11, 2010

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Aurelie Dupont as Sylvia,
Manuel Legris as Aminta,
Marie-Agnes Gillot as Diana,
Jose Martinez as Endymion.

Opera Paris Ballet in 2005.

John Neumeier has dispensed with the fussy mythological libretto by Jules Barbier and Baron de Reinach and has come up with a story at once simpler and more ambiguous. What if Sylvia, a sort of proto-Amazon devoted to Diana, discovers the possibility of love with the shepherd Aminta, but is forced to reject him in favor of ambition and career? In the second part of the ballet they meet again, dressed not as a huntress and a shepherd but in elegant evening wear. This time, Sylvia's head is turned not by ambition but by pleasure, and by the erotic attention paid to her by a swarm of young men in tuxedos. Sylvia is simply learning about her feminine desires. Although is haunted not only by memories of Aminta but also Diana's.

In the final part of the ballet, Sylvia and Aminta, now grown older, return the site of their first meeting. An awkward attempt to rekindle an old flame sputters out, and Sylvia, valise in hand, is ushered away by an older gentleman. Aminta once again experiences disappointment. Their love is doomed. As for Diana, "she remains alone, the eternal huntress."

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