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Luminario Ballet’s Short Dance Film, “L’Invalide”

Luminario Ballet presents the fevered Covid dream story of”L’Invalide,” a short dance film by Judith FLEX Helle. It’s an Alice in Wonderland meets Dracula meets the Wilis from “Giselle” dance film.

“It’s a ballet, a story, a music video (three songs, actually!), and a dream (a nightmare? a fantasy?), all rolled into one wild 12-minute dance film,” says Luminario Ballet founder and artistic director, Judith FLEX Helle.

Luminario Ballet presents "L'Invalide" a short dance film
Luminario Ballet presents “L’Invalide” a short dance film.

Our darling Invalid, Juliette, is at the hospital, where she is being treated for her desperate illness. She is forced by her parents and the medical staff to take experimental medications, they hope it will cure her; the side effects cause her to hallucinate wildly, and slip into a coma. While unconscious, she dreams vividly of being menaced by sensual vampires, who then devour her. Alas, during her vampire coma dream, she dies. She returns as a ghost, surrounded by other, helpful and loving ghosts, who although they themselves are trapped in an endless loop of haunting between worlds, help her ascend to the heavens, where she will be at peace.

“L’Invalide” is a semi-autobiographical story about Luminario Ballet’s director Judith FLEX Helle, who grew up as a sick, drug addicted, in and out of the hospital, sex obssed, dance obsessed teen.  

“L’Invalide” recreates the essence of this teen through dream sequences of ghosts, vampires and heaven. 

The three songs in “L’Invalide” are “Black Rabbit” by Prince Fatty and Shniece; “Angelica in Delerium” by G.O.L.; and “I Lie” by David Lang.

“L’Invalide” is directed and choreographed by Judith FLEX Helle for Luminario Ballet 2021.

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Francesca del Console
Author: Francesca del Console

Francesca is a program manager at L.A. Cultural Exchange, an arts-focused student exchange program in Los Angeles, CA. She brings international and U.S. dancers, actors, singers, musicians, etc. to study and train in LA.

Francesca del Consolehttp://www.laculturalexchange.com
Francesca is a program manager at L.A. Cultural Exchange, an arts-focused student exchange program in Los Angeles, CA. She brings international and U.S. dancers, actors, singers, musicians, etc. to study and train in LA.