Orfeo returns to Marigny Opera House
“My scenes are very intense. Every day, I have to bring something different to it, so it doesn’t get boring. By the time the performances come, I am very comfortable with my artistic choices. I love the idea of being sexual as well as being evil. I definitely want my body to be perfect for the show.” After a four-hour rehearsal, Edward goes to the gym and does pilates, yoga and cross training.” –Edward Spots (Photo by: Mary Rickard)
“Dancers learn only one to three minutes of choreography per (four-hour) rehearsal. We don’t know what will work with those dancers. How does it fit their bodies?” –Dave Hurlbert (Photos by: Mary Rickard)
Orfeo returns to the Marigny Opera house for another run. Premiering in 2015, the original full-length ballet by Maya Taylor with music by Tucker Fuller, performed to standing-room-only crowds. Orfeo recounts the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a tale of love and passion doomed by the gods. Accompanied by the New Resonance Chamber Orchestra, Francis Scully, Conductor. The show will run from April 14-16. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $25 for students and seniors.
Mary Rickard headed to a dress rehearsal for Orfeo to get a behind-the-scenes look and talk with the dancers and masterminds behind this tragic love story.
“We’ve built a relationship dancing together so it is easier to pretend to be in love. We give each other energy, if we’re having a bad day. The most challenging aspect is the stamina and endurance to perform a full-length ballet.” –Lauren Guynes (Photos by: Mary Rickard)
“The most challenging aspect is the stamina and endurance to perform a full-length ballet.” –Lauren Guynes (Photo by: Mary Rickard)
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