LES GRANDS BALLETS / TRANSFIGURED NIGHT
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May 15, 2014 to May 24, 2014
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. Set to the entrancing music of Zemlinsky, Webern, Malern and Strauss, this ballet fascinates with its poetic beauty and extravagant costumes.
A man and a woman are walking in a dark forest. 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. The play – and the music – is divided into five distinct sections, reflecting the five stanzas of Richard Dehmel’s eponymous poem and the profound emotions expressed in each.
The duration and content of this show may be inappropriate for younger audiences. Dim lighting and occasional loud noises may frighten certain children.