Against the Grain Theatre presents Orphée⁺
Regular: $110.50 / 82.50 / 54 / 42.75
Thursday, April 26 Saturday, April 28, 2018
Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queens Quay West
An electronic, baroque burlesque descent into hell
Against the Grain’s fervour for pushing the boundaries of opera and art continues this spring with a reinvention of Berlioz’s arrangement of Gluck’s baroque masterpiece Orphée et Eurydice.
In an international co-production between AtG, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Opera Columbus, the three companies band together to thrust a score written in 1762 into the 21st century. To complement the story in an unusual, beautiful way, Orphée⁺ will boldly blend an orchestra that mixes acoustic and electric instruments, feature burlesque-baroque dancers from NYC's Company XIV, and a global virtual chorus.
In Orphée⁺, the hero is portrayed as a modern man (sung by counter-tenor Siman Chung) who is grieving the death of his greatest love, Eurydice. We witness his traumatic journey, which takes him through the depths of sorrow in an attempt to bring back his lost love. His mourning is expressed through music, word, movement and technology.