Wilfrid

Wilfrid is the squire and most trusted companion of Albrecht. He is kind and wise and wants what is best for Albrecht, working toward the day that he embodies all of the potential he sees in him. He steps in where Albrecht’s parents are notably absent, however as his subordinate he often has to take a step back and allow Albrecht to carry out his schemes and learn from experience, not unlike D’Artangeon and Louis XIV.
Wilfrid’s costume shows the developed butterfly motif but in an older iteration than Théophilé’s, drawing on Elizabethan silhouette, tight hose, and low tunic hem of the Middle Ages rather than 19th century fashion. Wilfrid’s character is heavily influenced by Cyril Beaumont’s analysis in A Ballet Called Giselle. Beaumont describes Wilfrid as Albrecht’s squire, which often conjures vison’s of servant’s younger than their masters, but also makes note that some medieval squires chose not rise to the rank of knight and attach themselves as trusted friends and advisers serving one family. This allows Wilfrid to be an older paternal figure to Albrecht which makes more sense for the advisory role that he plays as well as makes the sight of young peasant garbed Loys ordering well-dressed older Wilfrid notably incongruent to spying Hilarion. For this version of the ballet Wilfrid also serves as a sort of composite for Wilfrid and the Duke of Courland which called for an older authoritative and trusted voice.

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