Orpheus Alive at The National Ballet
Wednesday, November 20
The National Ballet of Canada
Image credit: Emma Hawes and Harrison James in Orpheus Alive. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Who is this Orpheus you speak of?
Artists have long been fascinated with the Greek myth of Orpheus, the gifted musician who rescues Eurydice from death only to lose her again in a moment of doubt. At its core, theirs is a story about love, trust and the redemptive potential of art.
There have been many versions of the story, from opera to art and theatre, Arcade Fire even featured the lovers on an album cover and in two songs. The story holds great appeal for the heartbreaking love story but also because it examines basic human feelings like regret and hesitation.
Music is central to the Orpheus myth, which has been told in music – particularly opera – for hundreds of years. Grammy-nominated composer Missy Mazzoli writes for stage, television and film, and recently made history as the first of two women to be commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. She incorporates the musical history of Orpheus in her original score for Orpheus Alive, her first ever for ballet.
With Orpheus Alive, Choreographic Associate Robert Binet brings a fresh perspective to the myth, casting Orpheus as a woman, Eurydice as a man and the audience as gods of the underworld who decide their fate.