Screening, with Introduction (Annenberg)

Full screening of the film "Orphée et Eurydice," opera by C.W. Gluck, directed by Romeo Castellucci and produced by Brussels’ La Monnaie in 2014. Introduced by Dr. Piersandra di Matteo, dramaturge for the production. Film running time: 90'

The myth of Orpheus offers Castellucci the opportunity to reflect on the unfathomable condition of being in a coma, with a dramaturgy that will unavoidably shape the way in which musical theatre is conceived today. The film version of Orphée et Eurydice allows the audience to re-live the exceptional experience of a unique dispositif capable of joining together the music played in the La Monnaie theatre and the room in the Inkendaal rehabilitation centre where Els, a young woman affected by Locked-in syndrome, listens in real time to music and singing through headphones. In the same way, the spectator, a new version of Orpheus, travels away from the theatre thanks to a steadycam that, at every performance, runs through the city streets and the hospital corridors to join Els and meet her eyes. Mythology and Christoph W. Gluck’s music become mirrors through which human frailty is reflected, not in a voyeuristic manner, but to acknowledge art’s “duty to reflect on the human condition, including the most extreme” (Romeo Castellucci).

Click here for full credits and description, and here for the New York Times review of the premiere.

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20 November 2017
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Annenberg Center -- Harold Prince Theater