Ballet Evenings at Sustipan Park Enrich 65th Split Summer Program

Daniela Rogulj

The Croatian National Theater Split ballet ensemble will open the ’Ballet Evenings on Sustipan’ as part of the dance program of the 65th Split Summer festival.

Two performances will be held at the famous Sustipan park, on July 18 and 21 beginning at 21:30. The program includes fragments from some of the most beautiful ballets: La Sylphide, Taras Bulba, Gusar and Coppélia, reports Dalmatinski Portal on July 18, 2019.

The ballet ‘La Sylphide’, set to the music of Norwegian composer Hermann Severin Løvenskiold, has been performed with the choreography of Danish choreographer Augusta Bournonville since 1836. Danish choreographer Karina Elver created a spectacular copy of the Danish ballet school’s version, one that is carefully kept within the borders of the country and thought of as a valuable part of their cultural heritage, and transferred the dance to the HNK Split ballet. 

The dreamlike story of La Sylphide takes place in Scotland where the main character falls in love with an ethereal forest creature before his wedding. He breaks off the engagement by surrendering to the world of nymphs and witches. 

The romantic ballet Gusar (Le Corsaire) was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1856 according to the Lord Byron poem of the same name. It is a romantic tale of pirates, slaves, love and oriental intrigue and is a ballet that takes place in three acts. Gusar comes to Split led by Latvian choreographer Aivars Leimanis.

The ballet evenings will end with the great Wedding Waltz from the second act of the comic ballet Coppélia by French composer Léa Delibesa, known as one of the most accomplished classical ballets which comes to Split choreographed by Aivars Leimanis. Based on two stories by E.T.A Hoffmann, it is a vibrant ballet performance full of dance travesties and musical exoticism, and even numerous folklore dances. 

The Ballet Evenings at Sustipan will be followed by guest performances of the Italian Equilibro Dinamico Dance Company, who will perform ‘Confini desumani’, and the IN Xie Xin Dance Company from China who will visit Split as part of their first European tour.

You can find the full Split Summer program here

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