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Orpheus

Event

Orpheus

  • Date: Thursday, 31 January 2019 to Sunday, 3 February 2019, Thu 7.30pm; Fri 7.30pm; Sat 1pm; Sun 3.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Venue: The Oratory, Abbotsford Convent — 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: $40 | Concession: $30 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9296 6600

Event Details

To celebrate a new year of creation and collaboration at Forest Collective, we begin 2019 with Orpheus. Presented as part of Midsumma Festival at iconic arts precinct Abbotsford Convent, Orpheus is a new ballet-opera written by Artistic Director Evan Lawson, with choerography by Ashley Dougan.

The famous Orpheus myth has been used in opera many times. While most works focus on the journey to Hades and his relationship with Eurydice, we explore the unheard stories of the characters left behind by the great men in ancient mythology. Evan Lawson’s Orpheus encompasses this part of the story, but also includes lesser-known parts of the Orpheus myth that focus on his male lover, Calais, while journeying with the Argonauts.

The opera is structured into four elements; one focused on Calais, one on Eurydice, one on the journey to Hades and the nal section, where Orpheus is murdered while trying to reunite with Calais. The performance will be performed by the 12 member ensemble of Forest Collective, including core-mezzo soprano Kate Bright as Eurydice. Three dancers physicalise the sung expressions of the three singers. As a new opera-ballet exploring the story of Orpheus and paying equal attention to his love of men and women, this story will engage members of the LGBTQI community, those interested in classics and mytholody, and opera fans alike. Ashley Dougan photoForest Collective presents Orpheus, as part of Midsumma Festival and Convent Live

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9296 6600 or by email to info@forestcollective.com.au

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 Orpheus by Evan Lawson — World premiere

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