Greek mythology buffs rejoice. From the brilliant choreographic mind of New Zealand's own Michael Parmenter and the cutting-edge dance talents of The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) comes the bold new work, OrphEus – a dance opera.
Following its season premiere at the Auckland Arts Festival the rich, multi-faceted dance work is gracing lucky Wellington audiences this NZ Festival. Combining the power of dance, live music and theatre, OrphEus constructs the tragic yet beautiful story of the Greek legend Orpheus, a prophet whose way with music and poetry was said to charm the pants off all living things. The prophet's tale of love, loss and suffering has come to represent art's power to rise above life's trials and tribulations...and the underworld.
The NZDC will emmulate the legend with their grace and technical prowess while the musical score, inspired by Rameau and Cahpentier, will invoke a harmonious and transcendent theatre experience. Performing alongside NZDC is Grammy Award-winning American tenor Aaron Sheehan, baroque ensemble Latitude 37 and special guests.
For those who want to get an insight into the creation or just simply can't get the work out their head, there is an opportunity to attend a free pre-show Artist Talk on Saturday 17 March. Check out the NZ Festival website for details.