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Pina Bausch : Orpheus und Eurydike

Orpheus and Eurydike is Pina Bausch’s masterpiece and the ultimate symbol of the genius of this German choreographer, who died in June 2009.

Paris Opera, February 2008: for the first time in her career Pina Bausch agreed to having one of her works televised and issued on DVD.

From the outset it had been Gluck’s wish that Orpheus and Eurydike should have a dance accompaniment; and it was Pina Bausch’s respect for his dramatic power that led her to transform the work into a tanzoper, a danced opera. Her version tackles the genre head on in its expression of Orpheus’s suffering, the suffering human beings must overcome in confronting unquenched desire.

The dramatis personae – Orpheus, Eurydike and Cupid – are voices. But they are, too, bodies that dance. Pina Bausch’s aim was to create characters who are split, as if torn between their “singing” and “dancing” natures.

Rather than contradicting Gluck, this version of the myth takes his vision further – and darkens it. While the free flow of the dance reveals bodies driven by love, it also, and above all, suggests their vulnerability. The singing entreats Zeus and moves him; but the dancing – bare feet anchored to the earth – is a reminder of the human condition, of the ineluctability of death.

Press review

«  Bausch’s Orpheus and Eurydice  seemed unearthly in its beauty, attaining  a rare and  harmonious blend of music, choreography and dance which left the spectator with a feeling of peace and a belief in the possibilities of human nature. A privileged evening. »
«  Pina Bausch’s production of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, one of the most beautiful contemporary works to grace the stage of the Palais Garnier, is a masterpiece. It is a combination of music, opera, classical drama and dance merged into one sublime and balanced whole. » – Culturekiosque.com

« The Paris Opera Ballet first acquired “Orpheus” in 2005, and the dancers look amazingly at home with her angular physical vocabulary and austere emotional terrain. With the magnificent musicians, they offer complete submission to their material, and to us, the sublime. » – Herald Tribune

« El Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris es un vehículo perfecto, su entendimiento y realización técnica son un prodigio difícil de mejorar » – Revista RITMO

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Pina Bausch : Orpheus und Eurydike [DVD & Blu-ray]

Music : Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)

Choreography & Stage direction : Pina Bausch

Sets, costumes & lighting design : Rolf Borzik

Orpheus Yann Bridard (dancer)
                  Maria Riccarda Wesseling (mezzo-soprano)
Eurydike Marie-Agnès Gillot (dancer)
                   Julia Kleiter (soprano)
Amor Miteki Kudo (dancer)
            Sunhae Im (soprano)

Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris 

Balthasar-Neumann Chor & Ensemble

Conductor : Thomas Hengelbrock

technical informations

HD recording : Opéra de Paris (Palais Garnier) | 02/2008
TV direction : Vincent Bataillon
Release date : 18 November 2009
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

1 DVD
Reference
: BAC044
Barcode : 3760115300446
Running time : 104 min.
Original language : ALL
Subtitles : FR, ENG, GER, SPA, ITA
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

1 BLU-RAY
Reference : BAC444
Barcode : 3760115304444
Running time : 104 min.
Original language : ALL
Subtitles : FR, ENG, GER, SPA, ITA
Image : Color, 16/9, BD25
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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