Les Sylphides (2022)


Set to the same selections of Frédéric Chopin's music orchestrated for the eponymous 1909 Ballets Russes production choreographed by Fokine, Les Sylphides is a queer reimagining of the original ballet for male-identifying dancers. Contrary to its historic liberation from story as the first non-narrative ballet blanc, the work is intentionally infused with a hint of narrative in which the young poet is intercepted and spirited away by what I imagine to be a tribe of faeries in a more contemporary sense of the term (loosely inspired by the “radical faeries”) whom I imagine to have spent so much time in the wild away from human society, that they have evolved insect-like attributes. The work, with costumes designs by Andrew Jordan and lighting design by Joe Levasseur, was commissioned by The Joyce Theater, where it premièred from June 28th-July 3rd, 2022.

Original Cast:
 
A YOUNG POET
Mac Twining
 
THE QUEEN OF THE SYLPHS
(a woodland faerie)
Taylor Stanley
 

SYLPHS
(a tribe of woodland faeries)
Cemiyon Barber, Charles Gowin, Casey Hess, Justin Lynch, Alexander Olivieri,
Logan Pedon, Ned Sturgis, & Carlo Antonio Villanueva


 

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