Jiří Kylián created Petite Mort for the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1991, and it’s been popular ever since. Petite mort, translated from French, means “little death”, and is generally used as a euphemism for orgasm. Kylián’s Petite Mort plays on this meaning with subtle sexual symbolism.
The term la petite mort has quite a history. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it referred to a temporary and brief loss of consciousness, such as one may experience from fainting or dizziness. But the term has always been linked in some way with sexual release.
Jacob Sofer, Vivienne Wong and artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Lynette Wills (more…)