By Stijn Celis
Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis gives us a poignant two-part piece about passion and forgiveness, the missing link between mythical and ordinary love.
Orpheus, a gifted musician, weds Eurydice, a nymph. On the day of their wedding, she perishes brutally. Devastated by his wife’s untimely death, Orpheus sets off for Hell to convince Hades, god of the underworld, to give him his loved one back.
The woman reveals to her new lover that she is pregnant with another man’s child and each movement that follows this announcement contributes to the transfiguration and the radiant fusion of these two (three!) disparate beings into one, glowing whole.
ORPHEUS' GAZE Alexander ZEMLINSKY: Sinfonietta, Op. 23: I: Sehr Lebhaft (Presto) Used by arrangement with European American Music Distributors Company, Canadian and U.S. agent for Universal Edition Vienna
Anton WEBERN: Passacaglia, Op. 1 Used by arrangement with European American Music Distributors Company, Canadian and U.S. agent for Universal Edition Vienna
Johann STRAUSS II: La Valse de l’Empereur (Kaiser-Walzer), Op. 437 Gustav MAHLER: Symphonie No. 1: Blumine Used by arrangement with Theodore Presser Company, music publisher and distributor
TRANSFIGURED NIGHT Arnold SCHOENBERG: La Nuit Transfigurée (Verklärte Nacht), Op.4 (Version pour orchestre de cordes Used by arrangement with Belmont Music Publishers
Alexander Zemlinksky, Anton Webern, Johan Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg interpreted by Les Grands Ballets Orchestra, conducted by Florian Ziemen.
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (May 2014 - Place des Arts, Montréal)
Technical specifications Minimum dance area: 15 meters x 15 meters
Number of dancers 18 — Length 32 min. (without intermission)
Full technical rider available on demand.