Sleeping Beauty and the Beast

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Directed By Katy Pyle
Choreographed by Katy Pyle & Jules Skloot with the Ballez

Friday-Saturday, June 13-14 @ 8:00pm | Sunday, June 15 @ 6:00pm

Tickets: $15 General | $8 Low-Income [Buy Tickets]

 

 

In Sleeping Beauty and the Beast, trouble arises when the daughter of a Lower East Side garment industry king falls for a lesbian fiber artist at her 16th birthday party. The Violet Faery puts everyone to sleep for 100 years so that the Princess can come out instead in 1993.

In this new Ballez, queers return to the problematic form of ballet under Pyle’s direction to write a new story from the archetypal tales of Sleeping Beauty, as created by Petipa in 1890, and Beauty and the Beast, as created by the radical lesbian theater company Split Britches in 1983.

This production continues the work of Ballez, which wrestles with the reality of queer bodies within the heteronormative, elitist form of ballet; utilizing queer magic and adaptability to find freedom and beauty in a community driven project of research, queer narrative creation, and evolving performance.

 

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About the Artists

Katy Pyle is a multimedia performance artist whose works explore transformation, queer failure, and the lineage of performance. Pyle began studying ballet as a child, becoming an apprentice with Austin Contemporary Ballet at 14, and furthered her studies at North Carolina School of the Arts. She went on to study modern dance at NCSA, and then post-modern dance and Multimedia Performance Art at Hollins. Pyle moved to New York in 2002, and her performance works have been presented at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, PS122, La Mama, Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Bushwick Starr. She has been in collaborative processes with Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, John Jasperse, Karinne Keithley Syers, Jennifer Monson, Anna Sperber, Katie Workum, and Young Jean Lee Theater Company. She’s received creative support from Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Dragon’s Egg, Rockbridge Artist’s Exchange, and Mount Tremper Arts.

 

Collaborating Artist

Jules Skloot is a Brooklyn based dance performance artist, puppeteer,homemade musician, counselor, and educator. Jules trained in modern and post-modern dance techniques at Hampshire College, and in graduate school at Sarah Lawrence College. Jules teaches dance and choreography at the Brooklyn Friends School and at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) to students that span the ages of 3-73, and in the summertime lives and works at a radical social-justice and arts focused summer camp in
Northern Virginia. As a dancer, Jules has collaborated and performed in the works of Katy Pyle, Sara Rudner, Peggy Gould, niv Acosta, devynn emory, Crispin Spaeth, and most recently in the devised
theatrical works of William Davis.