The myth surrounding the Thracian king's son Orpheus has provided artistic inspiration for numerous composers, painters, and directors over the centuries. As a rule, the plots tend to focus on Orpheus' grief following the death of his wife Eurydice and his attempts to retrieve her from the underworld. The choreographers Dominique Hervieu and José Montalvo, generally known for their work in purely musical contexts, instead place Orpheus at the center of the story as an artist who charms gods and mortals alike with wit and song even moving rocks to tears. Orpheus tells the story of Orpheus and Eurydice as a modern heroic epic: It's fast, exhilarating, and full of surprises. Nine dancers and seven singers and instrumentalists dance to the sound of bush drums in front of a lavishly-designed backdrop befitting a royal son. Classical singing merges with pop music. Hip-hop and break-dance meet orchestral music. Hervieu's and Montalvo's Orpheus is a captivating work that fans of modern dance theatre will simply adore.
“The dancers and musicians are constantly in motion, running on and off the stage and often interacting with each other. The movement is lively, with elements of breakdance and voguing, with only occasional suggestions of dramatic action, while the animals and the Maenads, along with much else, are only on the screen. It’s a kind of controlled chaos centered around Aïche and Randé.” – (George Dorris, Ballet Review, September 2015)
- Theatre Company
- Théâtre National de Chaillot
- Parental rating
- Parental rating information not available.
- 77 min
- Original language
- In theaters
- Category / Genre
- Marie-Pierre Bousquet
- José Montalvo, Dominique Hervieu
- Stéphanie Andrieu, Natacha Balet, Morgane Le Tiec, Delphine Nguyen dite Deydey, Brahem Aïache, Babacar Cissé dit Bouba, Grégory Kamoun, Karim Randé, Stevy Zabarel dit Easley
- Claudio Monteverdi, Christoph W. Gluck, Philip Glass, Francesco Durante, Giovanni Felice Sanches, Giuseppe Maria Jacchini, William Byrd, Luiz Bonfa, La Secte Phonétik, Sergio Balestracci
- Sabine novel (soprano), Théophile Alexandre (countertenor), Blaise Kouakou (bass), Merlin Nyakam (bass)
- Théâtre National de Chaillot - France
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