Orpheus ballet opera

Monday 31 December 2018 - Sunday 03 February 2019

Celebrate a new year of creation and collaboration at Forest Collective with Orpheus, a new ballet-opera written by Aristic Director Evan Lawson, choreographed by Ashley Dougan as part of Midsumma Festival

The opera will be performed at the Sacred Heart Oratory at Abbotsford Convent from Thursday 31 January to Sunday 3 February. 

There will be various performances:

  • Thursday 31 January from 7.30pm 
  • Friday 1 February from 7.30pm 
  • Saturday 2 February from 1pm
  • Sunday 3 February from 3.30pm
  • Sunday 3 February from 7.30pm 

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.

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, it will 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 final 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. 

You must purchase a ticket to attend. Forest Collective are a registered not-for-profit organisation. 

Orpheus is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. 

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Date and time:
Monday 31 December 2018 - Sunday 03 February 2019

Sacred Heart Oratory, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067