Christopher Williams : Narcissus

 

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Narcissus

 

Narcissus is an original, evening-length ballet set to Nikolai Tcherepnin’s score “Narcisse et Echo” composed in 1911 for the Ballets Russes incorporating themes of the eponymous Greek myth on which it is based to re-envision the original ballet through a contemporary queer lens. The work, featuring costume and set designs by Andrew Jordan as well as lighting by Joe Levasseur, is performed by dancers Christiana Axelsen, Jack Blackmon, Ching-I Chang, Janet Charleston, Breckyn Dávila Drescher, Alan Good, Casey Hess, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Justin Lynch, Jake Montanaro, Alexander Olivieri, Michael Parmelee, Logan Pedon, Caitlin Scranton, and Mac Twining, with New York City Ballet principal dancer Taylor Stanley & Cemiyon Barber in the title role.

Oct 29 Stay Late Conversation moderated by Aaron Mattocks

Choreography: Christopher Williams

Music: Narcisse et Echo, Op. 40 (1911) by Nikolai Tcherepnin

Costume Design: Andrew Jordan

Costume Construction: Andrew Jordan & Iggy Soliven

Set Design: Andrew Jordan

Lighting Design: Joe Levasseur

NARCISSUS (a Boeotian youth) – Taylor Stanley/Cemiyon Barber

ECHO (a mountain nymph) – Mac Twining

OREADS (a tribe of mountain nymphs) – Casey Hess, Jack Blackmon, Alexander Olivieri, Michael Parmelee, & Logan Pedon

BACCHANTES (Boeotian priestesses) – Christiana Axelsen, Brecklyn Drescher, & Caitlin Scranton

BOEOTIANS (tribespeople of Boeotia) – Ching-I Chang, Janet Charleston, Alan Good, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Justin Lynch, & Jake Montanaro


The creation of Narcissus was supported by the Live Feed Residency program with generous funding from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Partners for New Performance. The work was also made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement/Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and a grant from the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

About the Artist:
 
Christopher Williams