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#AtGOrphee

Against the Grain Theatre, The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Opera Columbus, and NYC’s Company XIV collaborate to present the Gluck/Berlioz masterpiece, the opera Orphée et Eurydice. We all know the original Greek myth: the musician Orpheus is grieving the death of his lover Eurydice—and gets one chance to retrieve her from the Underworld. In 2018, we think this would become an electronic, baroque-burlesque descent into hell. While staying true to the original score — which features the world’s most exquisite melodies of love, loss, and desperation — and honouring the traditions of Baroque opera, this new production pushes the boundaries of operatic presentation through an orchestra that mixes acoustic and electric instruments, features captivating choreography from burlesque dancers, aerial artistry, and a global virtual chorus.

Click to read: Everything You Need to Know About the Performance

Doors open 30 minutes before showtimeRush line for non-ticket holders begins as early as 1 hour outside the theatre doors.

Seating is assigned. But, please email us at info@againstthegraintheatre.com or call us at 647-367-8943 if you have any special seating concerns or questions. Accessible seating is available, and the venue is wheel-chair friendly.

#AtGOrphee is sung in French (Berlioz score), with English surtitles. The performance is 2 hours including one intermission.

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Graphic design: Annie Milova

Dates

July 12 & July 14, 7:30pm

Location

(Toronto) Fleck Dance Theatre (Third Floor), 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON, M5J 1A7

(Banff) Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff, AB T1L 1H5

Press

Orphée⁺ features lots of multimedia flash but still remains faithful to the baroque opera | NOW Magazine
“4NNNN. Evocative projections, burlesque dancers and a soprano cavorting in the air are among the additions to this sexy production, but the story about love and grief still shines through.”

Review: Orphée+ an eye-catching, irreverent take on Baroque opera | The Globe and Mail
“The show zooms through its two hours in what feels like mere minutes, and the eye-candy look of everything ensures you’ll recall Orphée⁺ if ever you’re asked if you’ve recently seen some great theatre.”

Futuristic Baroque meets Burlesque: Orphée+ | Schmopera
“Undoubtedly, the standout performance of the show goes to the remarkable Company XIV… Each of the dancers was a thing of sheer beauty, their choreography by creator Austin McCormick a blend of lyric contemporary fused with period formal dancing. They blurred the lines of gender and sexuality so seamlessly, that it enhanced their otherworldly presence.”

At Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre, opera is wildly reimagined | National Post
“Orphée is among Against the Grain’s most cleverly reconceived. Not, as one might think, for how unconventional it is, but rather for how curiously faithful it proves to the spirit of the original piece.”

Why Against the Grain’s Orphée+ Might Be The Most “Authentic” Opera You’ll See All Year | Ludwig van Toronto
“A list of 4 reasons why AtG’s approach to Orphée et Eurydice continues a lineage of adaptation seen over the past 200 years…”

Baroque meets burlesque | Opera Ramblings
“I doubt this aria has ever been sung by a soprano hanging upside down with only an ankle lock keeping her airborne. This one scene is worth the price of admission.”

Review: Orphée+ | Mooney on Theatre
“The show was a gothic spectacle of mythical proportions, featuring some truly astonishing performances.”

Orphée+ Review | Opera Going Toronto
“…the sense of shared danger, the risks, the thrills — the artistic DNA that distinguishes this perpetually courageous band of musical adventurers is still very much present. A unique, gripping experience.”

Newfangled production of French opera a surprising success | Opera Columbus
“The show is a smashing success — an ideal instance of the old being made marvellously, yet thoughtfully, new…. The show began hauntingly. Greeted by the sounds of tidal waves, the silhouette of a veiled female figure roams the stage among lengths of white silk — an image that could be out of a film by Ingmar Bergman.”

Critic’s Picks: Twelve Concerts You Should Absolutely See This Week | Ludwig van Toronto
“This production aims to push the boundaries with mixed acoustic and electric instruments and features burlesque dancers, aerial artistry, and a global virtual chorus. Not-to-be-missed.”

Culture Countdown: Orphée⁺ | Toronto Life
“It’s the most adventurous musical event of the month.”

Soprano Mireille Asselin steps into baroque era to find strong women of opera | The Globe & Mail
“Against the Grain Theatre – a company well-known for turning traditions on their heads – is treating Gluck’s opera with a healthy dose of irreverence; it will likely be the first time Orphée is performed with burlesque dancers, aerialists and electronic music.”

Orphée⁺ “How do we grieve in 2018?” | Schmopera
“Against the Grain Theatre’s spring production is upon us, and it boasts all the innovation and surprises for which the award-winning company is known.”

New Innovative Production For ‘Orphée et Eurydice’ | Opera Wire
“We are looking to innovate and transform the way that this spectacular opera – which was cutting-edge when it first premiered — is presented and experienced.”

Eagerly anticipating Against the Grain’s Orphée next week | barczablog
The reviewer shares his anticipation.

Cast

Siman Chung

Orphée

Mireille Asselin

Eurydice

Marcy Richardson

Amour

Creative Team

Joel Ivany

Joel Ivany

Stage Director

Christopher Mokrzewski

Topher Mokrzewski

Conductor

Austin McCormick

Choreographer

JAX Messenger

Lighting Designer

Zane Pihlstrom

Costume Designer

S. Katy Tucker

Projection/Set Designer

John Gzowski

Sound Designer

Emma Alderman

Production Manager

Lauren Spavelko

Musical Arranger

Blake Manns

Projections Programmer

Lesley Abarquez

Lesley Bradley

Stage Manager

Andreane Christiansen

Assistant Stage Manager

Jennifer Jakob

Head of Wardrobe

Anastasiya Milova

Graphic Designer