Ballet and Myth Collide
Houston Ballet's fearless Artistic Director Stanton Welch conjures the myth, might and magic of Louis Merante's 1876 three-act ballet Sylvia, complete with a brand new choreographic interpretation of the myth, alongside two other love stories from classical Greek literature. Lush costumes, sweeping stage designs and projections resurrect the tale of the celestial huntress, which is set to a rousing score by Romantic French composer Leo Delibes.
The ballet opens with a scene of worship, where woodland creatures dance before Eros, the god of love. Aminta, a mortal shepherd stumbles across the gaiety, accidentally disrupting it, shortly followed by the beauteous huntress and object of Aminta's affections Sylvia, who's attempts to mock Eros backfire when she wounds Aminta. As she laments over her deeds, Sylvia is kidnapped by the god of the hunt Orion, and the budding lovers are parted. Only help from the gods may reunite them and Sylvia must convince Eros to help her escape Orion's overly amorous clutches.