Photo by Hannah Bahney
In a city with old bones, the mystery and allure of those who came here once before remain…
We present a spooky time warp to the swampy beginnings of Nouvelle Orleans, when the filles á la cassette traveled there by boat...dripped in jazz music and sin, filled with old ghost stories and legends brought to life through contemporary dance and live music under the direction of Gabrielle Cavassa.
Notorious New Orleans ladies tell our tale, like Josie Arlington, Lulu White, the spirit of the French Opera House, and the dangerous women of Smokey Row; these women knew how to cleverly navigate the vice district in an era of scarce opportunity. Discover Julie, the beautiful ghost of love whose marriage dare ends in hypothermic tragedy on a Royal Street rooftop and Mily Bailey, the lost bride who still waits in white for her fallen soldier at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel. Twelve months and a day, we explore our signature cities of the dead and listen for the haunting bells of yellow fever.
These stories of tragedy and triumph blur the lines between our past and present, still breathing energy and life into our intricate city streets. Like Arlington’s Flaming Tomb, we illuminate and honor the fascinating lives of these souls while finding harmony living among these uniquely infinite spirits, and, what was in those caskets?
Photos by Keone Glover
Fantômes is supported in part by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the RAC. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment of the Arts.