Sleeping Beauty & The Beast Program


Choreographed by Katy Pyle with Jules Skloot and the Company

Directed by Katy Pyle
Assistant Director Jules Skloot

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 11,2015 @ 7:30 pm | 9:00pm



Witches weave in a circular dance of intention, attention, and shared joy.

In 1877, a baby named Aurora is born to a wealthy, Lower East Side garment factory owner and his wife. Socialites and bigwigs attend a christening party in her honor. The Faeries arrive to bestow gifts upon the baby. These designers, who work for the factory owner, bestow secret queer gifts to this babe who THEY know (through psychic intuition) will grow up to be a gender non-conforming dyke. They give her the gifts of boundary making (for the cultivation of true radiance), fingering, and the knowledge of hankie codes.

Aurora grows up with strength and power, playing in the streets and generally doing as she pleases, but when she reaches her sixteenth birthday, in 1893, her mother forces her into a pink party dress and lectures her about leaving childhood behind and becoming a “lady.” Distraught, Aurora runs into the factory where she feels is tortured by her dress, her gender, and her life’s prospects. She tries to reconcile these aspects of herself, whilst also fantasizing about the factory workers, whose hands are strong and genders less feminine.

Scene 3, 1893: PAS DE DEUX
The Violet Faerie intercedes, offering her young apprentice a vision of an alternate future, 100 years away, where they might each pursue different ways of being. He promises to bring them there when the time is right.

The garment factory workers are being worked incessantly, without fair pay. A lesbian identified fiber artist works to organize her friends to take part in a 16k person strike that year.


Scene 5, 1993: DYING SWAN
The Violet Faerie and her cohorts arrive in 1993, only to awaken to the AIDS pandemic. Their factory friends from 1893 are still activists, but now their activism is intimate as they become caretakers to their dying friends.
Aurora awakens to her identity as “Beast,” a leather-clad Butch top, who maintains a close friendship with the Violet Faerie.

to be continued…


The Program

Excerpts from Act 1, 1877 & 1893
Music: “The Sleeping Beauty,” Tchaikovsky

The Weavers: Evvie Allison, Kirstin Dahmer, Will Davis, Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow, Katy Pyle, Lindsay Reuter, Janet Werther

Breadcrumb Faerie- Connor Voss
Finger Faerie- Tyler Ashley
Violet Faerie- Oscar Trujillo

Aurora- Jules Skloot
The Weavers

Violet Faerie, Aurora

Organizer- Katy Pyle
The Weavers

Excerpt from Act 2, 1993
Music: Le Cygne, by Camille Saint-Saens

Swans: The Faeries, Michael DiPietro, Chris Giarmo, Max Steele, and Helen Fourness
The Weavers

Thank you: Marya for 2 incredible years of support and mentorship, and for encouraging me to dream big. Fernando and Melanie for being so kind in our collaborations to represent these works to the public. Sara for making space for all these bodies. Emma for your vision to light us up. All the BAX staff and volunteers. Jules for being my friend, ally, and collaborator through so many trials. To my whole cast for your absolutely gorgeous, generous dancing, transformative presence, and for your deep care. Thank you Sam for being there everyday to listen and guide me through.

Artist Bios

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 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, Xavier Le Roy, Jennifer Monson, Anna Sperber, Katie Workum, and Young Jean Lee Theater Company. She’s received creative support from BAX, Brooklyn Arts Council, Dragon’s Egg, Rockbridge Artist’s Exchange, and Mount Tremper Arts.

Jules Skloot is a dancer, performance maker, and teacher based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jules received a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to collaborating with and performing in the works of Katy Pyle, Jules has performed in New York with Sara Rudner, Peggy Gould, niv Acosta, devynn emory, Margot Bassett, and Will Davis. Jules teaches dance and health at the Brooklyn Friends School, and is assistant director of an arts and social justice focused summer camp for young people in Northern Virginia.

Evvie Allison performs and, recently, makes dances. A member of The Ballez since 2012, she has also appeared in work by Vanessa Anspaugh, Anna Azrieli, Kim Brandt, Burr Johnson, Molly Poerstel, Celia Rowlson-Hall, RoseAnne Spradlin, Elizabeth Ward, and Rebecca Warner. She looks forward to showing her own work at Gibney Dance next week as part of WORK UP 1.2. Evvie is currently in residence at Chez Bushwick.

Tyler Ashley is a choreographer and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Ashley has had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth Streb, Walter Dundervill, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Biba Bell, John Jahnke, Sahra Motalebi, Yackez, Katy Pyle, Enrico Wey, Benjamin Kimitch, Michael Ingle and Rakia Seaborn. Ashley’s own work has been presented by Performa11, Friends of the High Line, Times Square Alliance, Fire Island Pines Performance Series, Dixon Place, NYPAC, Movement Research, Triskelion Arts, and Strange Loop Gallery. The work has also been seen at Art Basel Miami, The Knockdown Center, The Chocolate Factory, AUNTS, Columbia University, Danspace Project, JACK, Gina Gibney Dance Center, Arts@Renaissance, CAGE, and The Wythe Hotel.

Kirstin Dahmer is a Brooklyn based dancer and aerialist. Her many projects include hanging in a harness from her fire escape, spinning around a pole in her living room, spinning in public at the monthly comedy/pole show “Schtick a Pole In It”, performing and training with Fly By Night Dance Theater, collaborating on low-flying trapeze dances with Summer Baldwin, and trying not to be scared of handstands. She is also a certified yoga and pole dance instructor and teaches at Sacred Brooklyn. Thanks Ballez for welcoming me into your lovely community!

Will Davis is a director and theatre maker. Will has developed, directed and performed his work with New York Theatre Workshop and the 2050 Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb, The New Museum, The Alliance Theatre, The Fusebox Festival, Salvage Vanguard Theater, The New Harmony Project, The Orchard Project, The Duplicates, The Gift Theatre, Performance Studies International at Stanford University, and The Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop. This year Will was thrilled to direct Mike Iveson’s SORRY ROBOT for the COIL festival and two productions of COLOSSAL for the Olney Theatre Center and Mixed Blood Theatre, as part of an NNPN Rolling World Premier. Will is a current member of the The Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, he holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from DePaul University and an MFA in Directing from UT Austin.

Michael DiPietro is a New York-based performer and visual artist. Since 2010 he has shown performance work at DIY and visual art spaces in NYC (some now defunct) including 3rd Ward, AUNTS at Arts@Renaissance, the Bushwick Trailer Park, chashama 1351, Flux Factory, Market Hotel, The Silent Barn and The Suffolk, and also appeared in work by Clarinda Mac Low and Pascale Rambert.
Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow is an interdisciplinary performing artist. Venues: LaMama ETC, Dixon Place, the Bowery Poetry Club, WoW Theater Cafe, Hey Queen!, In the Flesh, BAX, the Bureau of General Services: Queer Divison. Company member: the Ballez, AO Movement Collective, Butch Burlesque,. Works With: Coral Short, Jenny Romaine, Susana Cook, Quito Ziegler, RoszaDaniel Lang/Levitsky, and the Aftselokhis Spectacle Committee. Resident weatherman, Sarah Jenny News Network. Reigning dapperQ of the year. 2012 Hemispheric Institute Affiliated Emerging Artist. Miss JewSA 5772. Bingo host. Clown about town. Itinerant professor and Powerpoint aficionado. Real nice guy.

Helen Fourness has a BFA in Dance from George Mason University, which she now uses to create Burlesque acts as more widely know personas Velvet Kensington, Felon Whoreness & Plain Jane. She has performed burlesque for over 9 years for the queer, the straight and the not so sure.

Chris Giarmo is an artist based in Queens. He is NY-based theater company Half Straddle’s resident composer, has performed with Big Dance theater since 2005 and is the creator of Kimberly Clark: internet drag sensation, party girl and beauty blogger. His solo music project is called Boys Don’t Fight. More info:

Lindsay Reuter is a dancer and dance-maker living in Brooklyn. Her current performance interests include repurposing/re-imagining function and unshared embodiment. She loves performing with the BALLEZ. In addition, Lindsay organizes CLASSCLASSCLASS and makes dances as a Fresh Tracks Residency artist at New York Live Arts.

Max Steele is a performer and writer from Brooklyn.

Oscar Trujillo is a third grade teacher, theatre and dance educator, and a performer. Oscar also performs as a solo artist and with Alicia Ohs, Organic Magnetics Andrew Jannetti, and Yoga Dance.

Connor Voss studied at the University of Maryland and the San Francisco Conservatory. He has performed with Neil Greenberg, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, AO Movement Collective, Tzveta Kassabova, Raja Kelly, Gallim Dance, Anna Azrieli and Miguel Gutierrez. He is in process with Juliana May, Katy Pyle/The Ballez, Rachel Berman, and Mina Nishimura. Voss has shown work at the 30th & 31st DC Choreographers’ Showcase, the Clarice Smith Center, ACDFA Final Gala, St. Petersburg Open Look Festival, Judson Church (MR), and CPR. He created costumes for PWDT, Anna Azrieli, and The Powerful People. He is working on a certification in the Feldenkrais Method.

Janet Werther is a performer, scholar, and educator of dance, theater, and queer performance based in New York City. She teaches Social Issues Through Drama and Performance (aka Theatre 101) at Baruch College, and she believes in the radical liveness of live performance. Janet is happy to be in a long term relationship with the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and is grateful to Katy and the whole Ballez crew for community and dancing. Also thanks to Jen for everything. Love.


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