Orpheus and Euridice | AV-aerie | Dance | Chicago Reader

Orpheus and Euridice Tickets Available New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Recommended

When: Feb. 2-8 2009

This local premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's theatrical song cycle is intriguing and sometimes quite beautiful. Inspired by the AIDS-related death of Gordon's lover, the work--premiered in 2005 at Lincoln Center--retells the Greek myth of Orpheus, the poet-singer who journeyed to the land of the dead to reclaim the woman he loved. Staged in a sprawling loft space, Chicago Opera Vanguard's intimate production features two pairs of performers portraying the doomed couple: dancer-choreographers Logan Vaughn and Ken Gasch embody the shimmering musical exchanges of soprano Rebecca Prescott and clarinetist Patrick Rehker. Under the guidance of director Eric Reda and musical director Nick Sula, the presentation is informal yet refined, whimsical yet emotionally delicate, marking COV as an ambitious, forward-thinking new force in the city's music, dance, theater, art, and design scenes. --Albert Williams

Price: $10-$25

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