THE FIREBIRD, a Ballez
photos by Alex Escalante, video still by Hedia Maron, Ballez logo by Jibz Cameron
The Firebird, a Ballez
PREMIERE: MAY 16-18, 2013, DANSPACE PROJECT AT ST. MARK'S CHURCH
REPRISE: OCTOBER 24-26, 2013, DANSPACE PROJECT AT ST. MARK'S CHURCH
The Firebird, a Ballez is a Ballez version of Mikhail Fokine and Igor Stravinsky's eponymous 1910 ballet. Pyle introduces a yearning Lesbian Princess and a Tranimal (part bird, part Prince) as they seek liberation in a magically perverse landscape of Polyamorous Princes and their Magical Sorceress. Using Fokine's journals to shape her narrative structure and aesthetic choices, Pyle found herself moved by his idea that "each ballet's movements should be specific to the culture it represents."
Accompanied by the Queer Urban Orchestra, a simulated landscape by Hedia Maron, costumes by Mikki Olson, and a cast of 15 queer performers, including Pyle, the work deconstructs balletic elements and reconstitutes them into a community-oriented, gender-fluid, queer utopian vision of what is possible in performance.
Broadway World says- "Her choreography utilizes the classical ballet vocabulary, but in novel and audacious ways, leaving her audience entertained and laughing out loud."
World Premier Cast:
FIREBIRD: Jules Skloot
SORCERESS: Cassie Mey
LESBIAN PRINCESS: Katy Pyle
NARRATOR: Sacha Yanow
PRINCES: Effie Bowen, Zari Esaian, Leah Hafezi, Sam Miller, Francis Rabkin, Mary Read, Lindsay Reuter, Lollo Romanski, Silky Shoemaker, Ariel "Speedwagon" Federow, Sacha Yanow, and Nyx Zierhut
Sorceress: Regina Rocke
Princes: Marian Ekweogwu, Judy Iocovozzi
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins
Video: Hedia Maron
Costumes: Mikki Olson
Acting Coach: Jibz Cameron
NY Times Review- "This Firebird blazes with heart."
The Dance Enthusiast "...she transforms Saint Mark’s Church into an enchanted wonderland."
Broadway World- "Her choreography utilizes the classical ballet vocabulary, but in novel and audacious ways, leaving her audience entertained and laughing out loud."
Infinite Body- "I think what I love most about Katy Pyle's queer appropriation of The Firebird...is that almost nobody's trying terribly hard to live up to critical standards, to tailor themselves to any outsider's approval."
interview with Marissa Perel for Critical Correspondence
Werk in Progress Performance Herstory:
Brooklyn Arts Exchange, December 3 & 4, 2011
Narrator- Jess Barbagallo
Lesbian Princess- Katy Pyle
Firebird- Jules Skloot
Sorceress- Cassie Mey
Princes- Vanessa Anspaugh, Jess Barbagallo, Becca Blackwell, Devynn Emory, Francis Weiss Rabkin, Regina Rocke, Mariana Valencia, and Sacha Yanow
BRINK at Dixon Place, Feb 28 & 29, 2012
new princes- Evvie Allison, Effie Bowen, and Ariel Goldberg
CATCH! 50, May 5, 2012 at the Chocolate Factory, LIC
Movement Research Spring Festival, May 29, 2012
work in progress writing and reviews:
a review in BOMBLOG
a review in Infinite Body
interview with Marissa Perel in Critical Correspondence
This project has been developed with the generous support of Danspace Project and the Jerome Foundation, and through residencies at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Fall 2011, Rockbridge Artist Exchange, August 2011, Abrons Arts Center, Winter 2013, and Mount Tremper Arts, Spring 2013.
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