Orpheus Alive & Chaconne
About Orpheus Alive & Chaconne
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. 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.
Chaconne delights in movement for its own sake, from the lyricism of the opening pas de deux right through to the large ensemble dances and grand solos of the finale. Set to Gluck’s famous music for opera, Orfeo ed Euridice, it is George Balanchine’s most abstract meditation on the Orpheus myth, with choreography that glides seamlessly from light and otherworldly to regal and festive.
2hr 15 min (Incl 25 min Intermission)