Keep an eye on Eros ...
The winged Love God is a mischief-maker who uses his heart-fluttering arrows to make Sylvia fall in love with the first man she sees, a lowly shepherd. He meets his own heart's destiny when he's sent by his mother Aphrodite to kill Psyche. Instead, he marries her. But their road to happiness is rocky ...
Eros is an essential character in Sylvia, not only as the lover of Psyche, but as an anchor to tie the three intertwining storylines together.
Follow the God of Love's arrow with this handy guide to Sylvia.
Eros teases Artemis and Orion, so Artemis shoots an arrow at him. Meanwhile, Apollo tricks Artemis into killing Orion, because he is jealous of their bond, leaving her devastated.
Aphrodite asks Eros to kill Psyche for being more beautiful than her, but instead he falls in love with her. However, when Psyche betrays Eros’ trust, he leaves her.
Eros casts a spell on Sylvia to make her fall in love with the first person she sees. He guides her to look at a nearby Shepherd, beginning their love story.
In her plan to get Eros back, Psyche opens Prosperina’s box, despite being warned not to do so, and dies. Eros knows that only an Olympian can bring her back to life and begs Sylvia to call on Artemis for help.
When Artemis arrives, she is furious with Sylvia for running away with the Shepherd. Eros then admits to casting a love spell on her and removes it. Sylvia returns to the army, leaving the Shepherd heartbroken. Artemis then brings Psyche back to life.
At a celebration for Eros and Psyche, Zeus turns Psyche into a Demi-God. Sylvia, realising that she is still in love with the Shepherd, chooses to spend her life with him. Eros transforms the Shepherd into a Demi-God as well. Finally, Zeus allows Artemis to be reunited with Orion in the stars, bringing this epic ballet to a close.
The Australian Ballet's Sylvia opens on 8 November.
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