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Sylphiden. Polka
Zikoff, Fr. (Friedrich), 1824-1877 (Composer)
C.G. Röder (Firm) (Printer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers in groups or more than two but not in a ballet or theatrical dance scene

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1870 - 1899 (Questionable)
Place: Breslau
Publisher: Julius Hainauer
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFC Syl 1
Sylphide (Choreographic work)
Ballerinas -- 19th century
Statement of responsibility: Lith. Anst. v. C.G. Röder, Leipzig.
Physical Description
Sheet music covers
Extent: 1 print : lithograph, color ; 34 x 27 cm.
Sheet music cover illustration depicting five female ballet dancers. The central figure, whose long hair is loose over her shoulders, is airborne; the others pose decoratively around her. Though they are costumed in knee-length white tutus with pink wings and scarves, they do not project the otherworldly quality of the iconic sylphide danced by Marie Taglioni in the ballet La sylphide (1832). The title of the musical composition, however, suggests the lasting influence of the ballet. It is not known whether this image depicts an actual ballet or theatrical production. The "polka" of the title probably indicates the composition's musical form rather than the dance performed in the illustration.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 821921400
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19740204
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5eecb340-f02f-0132-8ec3-58d385a7b928
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1824: Creator Born
  • 1870: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1877: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Sylphiden. Polka" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1870 - 1899. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/7418e150-f033-0132-41c3-58d385a7b928

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Sylphiden. Polka" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 23, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/7418e150-f033-0132-41c3-58d385a7b928

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1870 - 1899). Sylphiden. Polka Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/7418e150-f033-0132-41c3-58d385a7b928

Wikipedia Citation

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Sylphiden. Polka