The Awakening of Flora
For Spring and Summer 2021 Renli Su is inspired by the 18th century ballet ‘The Awakening of Flora’, which is set deep in the heart of a mystical forest.
The ballet is a story of two lovers who sleep peacefully in a forest whilst the moon and the nymphs watch over them.
Flore and her lover come into trouble with Aquilon, the ‘God of the North Wind’ as the forest darkens and the wind roars. The stage blackens. Suddenly, the appearance of Helios ‘the God of the Sun’ lights up the stage. Helios is then enchanted by Floras presence, she is crowned ‘Flora the Goddess of Spring’ as the forest comes alive.
Spring has arrived.
Flora and her husband are saved, Cupid, the Amours and the Nymphs all dance and rejoice at the lovers’ happiness.