The story of Orpheus is one of the most resonant of all ancient Greek myths. A musician gifted with all but magic powers tries to use them to rescue his beloved from death, and fails not because his art deserts him but because of human nature: unable to resist lloking back to make sure she is following him to the world of life, he breaks God's prohibition and loses her forever.
Supported by the European Commision's 1996 Kaleidoscope Programme, Orpheus was researched and developed over a period of 12 months in Dublin. With a group of young professional Irish actors from ARTSLAB, the play was given an experimental presentation in June 1997 at the Samuel Beckett Centre befor embarking on a short work-in-progress tour of Ireland.
Orpheus received its world premiere in Thessaloniki 1997 Cultural Capital of Europe.
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