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La sylphide, Acte 1r: décoration de Ciceri
Buttura, Eugène Ferdinand, 1812-1852 (Artist)
Cicéri, Pierre-Luc-Charles, 1782-1868 (Set designer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1832
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX But E Syl 1
Opéra de Paris. Ballet
Sylphide (Choreographic work : Taglioni, F)
Statement of responsibility: Eug. Buttura.
At top: Album de l'Opéra, Planche 1er.
Statement of responsibility: At lower right: Lith. d'A. Didion.
Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Purchase; C. Mas, 1995.
Biographical/historical: La sylphide (choreography, Filippo Taglioni; music, Jean Schneitzhoeffer; scenery, Pierre Cicéri; costumes, Eugène Lami) is the ballet most closely identified with the Romantic period in dance. It was first presented at the Paris Opéra in 1832, with Marie Taglioni, the choreographer's daughter, in the title role. Joseph Mazilier, later an important choreographer in his own right, danced the ill-fated James.
Biographical/historical: The painter Eugene Buttura was born in Paris of Italian parentage; his father was the author Antonio Buttura. Eugene Buttura's subjects included mythological themes and landscapes.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : b&w ; 24 x 33 cm.
Opening scene of Filippo Taglioni's ballet La sylphide, as seen at the Paris Opéra, with audience members in boxes at either side of the stage. The sylphide of the title kneels beside the ballet's hero, James, as he dozes in an armchair. The set design by Pierre Cicéri incorporates a hearth, a stairway, and a casement window, all elements essential to the action.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825066940
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758182
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 62139db0-ead2-0133-d351-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1812: Creator Born
  • 1832: Issued
  • 1852: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "La sylphide, Acte 1r" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1832. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1fc34c40-ead9-0133-ad0a-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "La sylphide, Acte 1r" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 30, 2022. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1fc34c40-ead9-0133-ad0a-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1832). La sylphide, Acte 1r Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1fc34c40-ead9-0133-ad0a-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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La sylphide, Acte 1r