Sylphs are unearthly beings, a figment of the imagination of human beings and psychics caught between worlds (mainly between that of the dead and the living, but also that of fantasy and reality, of what is possible and what is not…). As it became a literary and choreographic craze respectively in the 18th and 19th century, the sylph figure still appears nowadays as a key and a major riddle in our imagination. As they question how material the body and afterlife are, as well as our relationship with the dead and their earthly bodies, the sylphs cast doubt on some great invariant aspects of Western thinking: dualism, linear time, rationalism…

Half way between funeral rite and amphidromy (birth celebration), Sylphides looks set to be a literal reincarnation attempt. Through an approach that makes it possible to experience suspension of the vital functions, we intend to access a new understanding of our bodies and their potential annihilations and rebirths.



Designed by Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud
Dance : Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud, Chiara Gallerani, Élisa Yvelin
Light design : Erik Houllier
Light manager : Gildas Roudaut
Costume designer : Sothean Nhieim
Dramaturgic collaboration : Berno Odo Polzer
With the help of Quartz technical crew
Thanks to Donatien Veismann (for the photograph), Maud Le Pladec, Emma Kim Haghdal, Alex Jenkins

Produced by Vlovajob Pru
With Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest
Coproduced by Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest, Le Merlan – Scène nationale de Marseille, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort, Centre Chorégraphique National Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon, La Ménagerie de Verre – Paris (as part of Studiolab), Théâtre de l’Usine (Geneva)

Vlovajob Pru is funded by DRAC Poitou-Charentes and is supported by the Institut Français for its projects abroad.
Cecilia Bengolea et François Chaignaud are la Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) associate artists.