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Sylphs are ethereal beings with the power to shape-shift. Rougher, rawer and louder than humans, sylphs have an airy voice and a giant body with many heads, a sort of a swimming library of sound and movement. Like the wind, sylphs are constantly on the move, they are all-encompassing, they are the air that caresses your skin as well as the breath that you breathe deep into your lungs. They are quite curious creatures and love smacking on gossip. Obsessively listening, they wander in and out of the ballet’s mysterious forest, dancing, whispering, chewing and rustling through the air. 

Sylph is a dance performance that takes inspiration from the 1909 ballet Les Sylphides by Michel Fokine, which is considered the first ballet based entirely on mood and dance with no real narrative. Sylph dabbles in the occult as well, merges it with classical ballet and explores ASMR sounds that generate a sensorial experience, a sort of a low intensive euphoria that creates a secret bond between dancer and audience.

Sylph is created in collaboration with the dancers of Cullberg, composer Shida Shahabi, set-/light designer Chrisander Brun and costume designer Hanna Kisch and is a performance that examines what happens choreographically when sound, costume, set design, lights and dance have an equal role.

“Septimus heard her say “Kay Arr” close to his ear, deeply, softly, like a mellow organ, but with a roughness in her voice like a grasshopper’s, which rasped his spine deliciously and sent running up into his brain waves of sound which, concussing, broke.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Choreography:
Halla Ólafsdóttir

Music:
Shida Shahabi

Set and lighting design:
Chrisander Brun

Costume design:
Hanna Kisch

Co-producer to the tune House of Sylph :
Daniel Fagge Fagerström

This is a joyful collective, artistic universe, one feels in the body as soon as you step into the forest of rustling plastic shocks, flickering colors, misty smoke, smacking and dripping sounds. Invited by the curious and viciously flirtatious sylphs. They have their own world here.

Dagens Nyheter

15.04.2024 Sandnes kulturhus, Sandnes
19.04.2024 BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen
20.04.2024 BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen

Side Step Festival, Helsinki
Side Step Festival, Helsinki
Norrlandsoperan, Umeå
Elverket, Dansens Hus, Stockholm
Elverket, Dansens Hus, Stockholm
Elverket, Dansens Hus - PREMIERE, Stockholm
All dates

Choreography:
Halla Ólafsdóttir

Music:
Shida Shahabi

Set and lighting design:
Chrisander Brun

Costume design:
Hanna Kisch

Co-producer to the tune House of Sylph :
Daniel Fagge Fagerström