This ballet is undoubtedly one of Pina Bausch’s major work. Danced adaptation of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, it will be performed on Palais Garnier stage from March 24, 2018. Created in 1975 in Wuppertal, it’s with an extreme passion that Palais Garnier included it in 2005 in its prestigious repertoire. On the famous Gluck’s score, directed here by Thomas Hengelbrock or Manlio Benzi, Pina Bausch delicately talks in-depth about how fragile human life is.
Orpheus and Eurydice’s myth is universal and inspired many stage directors and artists. From Anouilh’s play to Jean Cocteau’s, Pina Bausch’s ballet is one of the most popular adaptations. Descended into Hell to look for the one he loves, Orpheus can’t bring Eurydice back from the deads and sees her disappear forever. Pain is omnipresent, beauty incessant. Pina Bausch managed to grasp, with her steps and manners, the very essence of the myth.
The performance held on Saturday March 31 will also be the occasion for prima ballerina Marie-Agnès Gillot to bid farewell to the stage.