Afternoon of a Faun

Afternoon of a Faun is an adaptation of Vaslav Nijinsky's controversial 1912 performance of L'après-midi d'un faune.

The original work, in which a young faun meets or fantasizes about several nymphs, had an overtly sexual nature for its time and ended with a scene of simulated masturbation. This peice has evolved in exciting ways as venues, travel, and the distance of the dancers imposes creative challenges.

Sonsherée, who dances as a sole nymph, composed a physical vocabulary that refers to the archaic motif of the original; where the dancers moved across the stage in profile as if on a bas relief or a painting on a greek vase. The part of the Faun, is an extremely powerful, and sexually potent one, is danced by Lisa Bufano.

Credits

Choreographed by:
Sonsherée Giles
Performed by:
Sonsherée Giles and Lisa Bufano
Sound Design by:
Dan Wool