The physical incarnation of myth is the act of passing down, generation after generation. Stories are told, retold, changed, adapted, half remembered, reinterpreted and lost, only to be found again. This smudged handwritten map has given me the context of placing the work in the world of memory. Themes and passages from Christoph Wilibald Gluck’s seminal opera are elevated to the world of myth by being woven into a contemporary sound score, elements of the archaic and symbolic are reinterpreted into a modern design aesthetic, and the stories and characters embodied by the dancers are a retelling that is as much about how the passage of time effects our personal histories, as it is one of the greatest stories ever told.
Images: Laszlo Mihaly