Jérôme Kaplan, Parisian costume designer extraordinaire, created the remarkable outfits for our productions of Cinderella and Spartacus, so we couldn’t wait to see what he came up with for Sylvia. His designs for the gods, nymphs and monsters of Stanton Welch’s ballet are airy, dreamy and occasionally terrifying.
In the full glory of her armour, this member of Artemis' warrior army is ready for anything. The surprise of her life? Love!
The mighty hunter goddess is in perfect control of everything, including her emotions. Only her scheming twin Apollo can get to her, especially after he tricks her into killing Orion, who is dearer to her than anything in the world (or the heavens).
This vivacious mortal has a curious streak that gets her into trouble. She marries the Love God, Eros, and can't resist looking under his mask on their wedding night, even though he's told her not to. He flies into a rage (rather easy with those wings) and leaves her.
This is the design for Psyche's wedding dress.
The winged Love God is a mischief-maker who uses his heart-fluttering arrows to make Sylvia fall in love with the first man she sees, a lowly shepherd. He meets his own heart's destiny when he's sent by his mother Aphrodite to kill Psyche. Instead, he marries her. But their road to happiness is rocky ...
Eros' mother, the Love Goddess, can't tolerate any rival to her charms. When Iris, messenger to the gods, brings her word that the mortal Psyche is more beautiful than her, she orders Eros to kill the upstart. And when Psyche, desperate to get her husband back, goes to his mother for help, Aphrodite sends her on a trip to the Underworld that eventually kills her. The love story of Eros and Psyche ends happily, despite this ruthless mother-in-law!
Iris, bearer of messages betwen the mortal world and the gods' home on Mount Olympus, has a suitably airy costume with transparent wings.
The three male love interests in the ballet are Orion (Artemis' best friend), Eros (Psyche's husband) and the Shepherd (who catches Sylvia's spell-dazzled eye).
It may have started with a bit of magic trickery, but the romance of Sylvia and the Shepherd proves enduring.
These jealous troublemakers convince Psyche that she should break her promise to Eros and look under his mask.
The ballet begins with an all-too-brief bit of twin unity as Artemis and Apollo wreak havoc on the army of Niobe, who has insulted their mother.
CALLISTO AS BEAR
Apollo uses Artemis' nymph Callisto to help him trick the goddess into killing Orion. In her rage, Artemis turns Callisto into a bear.
The river god Alpheus is a nasty piece of work and would like nothing better to abduct a nymph. When Sylvia discards her armour and becomes fascinated by the Shepherd, he sees his chance.
There's something fishy about the thugs of Alpheus' river gang.
The cast of thousands on stage includes some unmissable design moments, like this dog that cavorts in the Underworld.
What are celebrations of immortal love without a centaur or two?
These flapper-fringed tricksters taunt the mortals at Psyche and Eros' wedding.