Les Sylphides (2022)
Les Sylphides is a queer reimagining of the the eponymous 1909 Ballets Russes production choreographed by Mikhail Fokine set to its original orchestration of select music by Frédéric Chopin. 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 spirited away to join a tribe of faeries (in a more contemporary sense of the term inspired by the “radical faeries”) who have spent so much time in the wild away from human society that 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 with the support of The Joyce Theater Foundation's Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work and premièred at The Joyce Theater from June 28th-July 3rd, 2022.
*This video is an excerpt from the complete work.
(a woodland faerie)
(a tribe of woodland faeries)
Cemiyon Barber, Charles Gowin, Casey Hess, Justin Lynch, Alexander Olivieri,
Logan Pedon, Ned Sturgis, & Carlo Antonio Villanueva