Les Sylphides

2007/2008 - tijdens Julidans 2015 op de Noordermarkt & Leidseplein

The Performance

We witness three ex-ballerinas on stage, each of them in a specific relation to classical ballet, performing the first non-narrative ballet Les Sylphides. Originally choreographed by Russian Ballet-renewer Michael Fokine for a cast of 22 dancers in 1909 Les Sylphides has become part of the canon of western european dance. By restaging and translating its choreographic propositions into a contemporary context, Nicole Beutler puts into question the idea of the 'new', the idea of originality and of authorship.

In her version of the ballet Nicole Beutler chooses to bring it literally closer the audience, to emphasize the act of its performance itself, creating a direct experience beyond a mere esthetic pleasure at a distance. She alters the position of the spectator and proposes not a simple copy of the past, but a recalling of the essence and original spirit of Les Sylphides. Resonating the past in a present experience.

Nicole Beutler aims to inform the contemporary questions on dance and the body by looking back: How did dance as a stage-art become what it is now? Dance as stage art as we know it still relies on the conventions and strategies that were developed in the times of Louis XIV at the French court. These academic conventions have become a cultural phenomenon that invite for a closer examination.

Les Sylphides was selected by the Dutch periodical TM (Theatermaker, September 2008) as one of the top five dance performances in the Netherlands during the 2007/2008 season and presented during the Nederlandse Dansdagen in Maastricht in 2009 as one of the highpoints of the previous season.

credits

Idea/Choreography
Nicole Beutler
Based on the original choregraphy of
Michael Fokine (1909)

Made in collaboration with
Marta Reig Torres, Bojana, Mladenovic – sinds 2011 vervangen door Ester Natzijl, Charlotte van den Reek
 – sinds 2009 vervangen door Hillary Blake Firestone
Artistic assistance
Hester van Hasselt, Paz Rojo

Music
Gary Shepherd (gebaseert op de originele waltzes van Frédéric Chopin
)
Dramaturgy
Igor Dobricic
, Jeroen Fabius

Technique
Martin Kaffarnik
Production
LISA/Inge Koks, Nadine Zijp

Coproducers
Dansateliers, LISA, Springdance Festival, Utrecht

Thanks to
Minna Tiikkainen (Lightontwerp)
PR-photography
anjabeutler.de
Supported by
Fonds Podiumkunsten

premiere 01 July 2007
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2007
Jul01
Les Sylphides
Dansateliers Dansateliers, Rotterdam (NL)
Premiere (NL)
Jul02
Les Sylphides
Dansateliers Dansateliers, Rotterdam (NL)
Dec20
Les Sylphides
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
2009
May08
Les Sylphides
Muffathalle Muffathalle, München (DE)
May08
Les Sylphides
Muffathalle Muffathalle, München (DE)
Aug14
Les Sylphides
Ainsi Ainsi, Maastricht (NL)
Aug29
Les Sylphides
Uitmarkt Uitmarkt, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct10
Les Sylphides
Nederlandse Dansdagen Nederlandse Dansdagen, Maastricht (NL)
Nov20
Les Sylphides
Mousonturm Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)
Nov21
Les Sylphides
Mousonturm Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)
Nov22
Les Sylphides
Mousonturm Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)
Nov28
Les Sylphides
Theater TanzSpeicher Würzburg Theater TanzSpeicher Würzburg, Würzburg (DE)
2010
Feb11
Les Sylphides
Beursschouwburg Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
Feb12
Les Sylphides
Beursschouwburg Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
Dec18
Les Sylphides
Art Fall Art Fall , Ferrara (IT)
2011
Mar25
Les Sylphides
Museum voor Moderne kunst Museum voor Moderne kunst, Dordrecht (NL)
Apr15
Les Sylphides
Korzo Korzo, Den Haag (NL)
May28
Les Sylphides
Camillo 2.0 / Performance Studies International Conference Camillo 2.0 / Performance Studies International Conference, Utrecht (NL)
2012
Mar30
Les Sylphides
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
2014
Jun17–22
Les Sylphides
Mediamatic Fabriek Mediamatic Fabriek, Amsterdam (NL)
Exhibition
2015
Jul02
Les Sylphides
Leidseplein Leidseplein , Amsterdam (NL) www.julidans.nl
Jul03
Les Sylphides
Noordermarkt Noordermarkt, Amsterdam (NL) www.julidans.nl

reviews

The performance shines another light on classical dance
(Marcelle Schots, September 2008)

Dance in the Nederlands is linked to certain periods of the dance history, techniques, styles and aesthetics. This is why the performance of Beutler is so interesting; it dwells on such preoccupations.
(Sander Hiskemuller, 17/4/2008, Trouw)