Believing that myths (the poetic media through which we humans have long mused about our origins) must evolve as the societies they serve reform over time, Christopher Williams has long dreamt of reimagining a series of mythic-themed ballets originally premiered by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in order to make his own queer-inclusive cultural contribution to help further this evolution. Inaugurating this “Queering the Canon: Reimagining the Ballets Russes” series in 2021, the award-winning choreographer now offers two new works: an original queer reimagining of Vaslav Nijinsky’s 1913 ballet Jeux set to the eponymous poème dansé by Claude Debussy, and A Child’s Tale, reimagining Léonide Massine’s 1917 ballet Contes Russes, set to music by Anatoly Lyadov. The works feature original costume designs by Reid & Harriet Design and longtime collaborator Andrew Jordan, lighting design by Joe Levasseur, and additional sound design by Tei Blow.

Jeux (World Premiere) is the Baryshnikov Arts Fall Fête 2023 program on October 10.