"The chorus is used in the manner of an operatic chorus, acting musically taking the roles of groups of peasants, students, soldiers, sylphs
, gnomes, demons and spirits.
Scenes of local colour (the famous Hungarian March, Dance of the Sylphs
and so on take the place of genuine dramatic development, so it is only very late on that we learn that the world-weary Faust has sold his soul to the devil, and Marguerite, source of Faust's ultimate redemption in many versions (though not here), is not really portrayed as a victim who sacrifices everything for the love she feels.
Likewise, suggestive intercuts to paintings of nude sylphs
and grinning goblins arouse your not-se-buried longing to believe in a wild, free wor ld that never heard of the Nasdaq.
I haven't seen this many dancing sylphs
in one brochure since the Kirov touted "Giselle." Since I have to rely on the glowing reports of my colleague, Mark Ferelli, who saw the demo, I'll just content myself with the facts as disseminated by Streaming2l.
As many readers of Pope's verse are quick to point out, his vision of woman as an ephemeral, mercurial, and therefore characterless being reaches an apotheosis in his representation of the sylphs
as the disembodied spirits of dead coquettes.
of the Season, the first book of poems by the American poet and painter Washington Allston, was published.
He published a volume of sentimental and satiric poems, The Sylphs
of the Seasons (1813), and a novel with a painter hero, Monaldi (1841).
He tries to warn her that something dreadful may happen and sets a guard of sylphs
to protect his charge, but he is unsuccessful in preventing the loss of the lock of hair.
Wearing droopy tulle skirts and white corsets over T-shirts, she and her cast might be a group of actual sylphs
or swans, forest spirits who are seen only out of the corner of your eye.
1); languid partying sylphs
in Daniel Reich's "The Nocturnal Dream Show," an homage to radical faeries and their drug-dazed, performing brethren, at Pat Hearn; weird slattern homebodies, including a befuddled Gramps, in Chris Verene's photos at Paul Morris and American Fine Arts; Cindy Sherman's portraits of rapacious or spaced-out women who fall short of the mark (Metro Pictures, Gagosian); Peter Hujar's photos of mental patients, Mrs.
No such problem with Les Sylphides, Michel Fokine's early 20th--century reverie to Chopin (one guy, umpteen sylphs
), which has drifted in and out of ABT's rep since 1940.
Glance over the length of Wesley's career, then, and you'll discover the whole population of Rococo painting; the nymphs and nymphets, nereids and mermaids, sylphs
and shepherdesses, geishas and Indian princesses--not to mention numerous nubile young goddesses with animal attributes (birds, bears, turkeys [!], dogs, fish, and bunnies).