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Director’s Word for Orpheus and Eurydice


BY CHÍA PATIÑO, STAGE DIRECTOR

Be taught extra about Stage Director Chía Patiño’s idea for Orpheus and Eurydice, her doubts about Orpheus’s heroism, and what this story has to show us about love, loss, and letting go.

The one certainty in life is dying. However having fallen in
love with life, we attempt to ignore that looming shadow; for these in love, dying
is only a phrase. But all of us are powerless earlier than the three Fates: Clotho, who
spins life’s thread; Lachesis, who measures out each individual’s span; and the
rigid Atropos, who ends every life by slicing the thread. On this opera, we
be part of Orpheus on the very second when Atropos cuts his beloved Eurydice’s
thread, shattering his desires. For Orpheus, confronting his future just isn’t
heroic: it’s human. We determine together with his journey and we wish him to succeed:
everybody desires of rescuing our family members from dying.

His solely weapon on this quest is a present from the gods: his
music. With it, he sings, cries, and seduces as he faces his destiny. Amore (Love)
proposes the journey and units the circumstances, which Orpheus solely accepts with a
sense of foreboding: “It’s forbidden to have a look at Eurydice till you allow the
underworld, nor are you able to clarify this prohibition, or you’ll lose her once more,
endlessly.” And so, the underworld shakes and trembles as our hero advances to
confront his Destiny. Along with his voice Orpheus, an inspiration to all musicians,
triumphs as he seduces the frightful Furies with the disappointment of his songs. The
doorways open and he enters the Elysian Fields. For a second, he enters a world of
which we dream as we face dying—a spot of pure sky, clear daylight, and serene
gentle. It’s right here {that a} radiant Eurydice emerges, and the Fates put her life
in Orpheus’s arms.

Our hero takes her and valiantly begins to climb again towards
the world of life. As he anticipated, Eurydice, denied the sight of—or perhaps a
look from—her lover, doubts, trembles, suffers, and hesitates to observe.
After her solely aria “Che fiero momento, che barbara sorte,” exhausted and
defeated, she sits within the darkness. Orpheus, already seeing the sunshine on the
finish of his journey, turns again to have a look at Eurydice and thus loses her endlessly.
Right here’s the place I query whether or not Orpheus can be a ‘hero.’ He descends in
search of “the item of my affection”—these are his phrases. When he finds her,
she is in a paradise. And, at that second, he mercilessly drags her away,
searching for solely his personal happiness.

I consider our human situation makes it unimaginable for us to
settle for “untimely” dying. We try endlessly to increase the thread of life,
however all our efforts are ineffective. We’d do the unimaginable, if we had been to
carry again family members again to this world. We cry. We pray. We promise. All in
useless. It has been two years since dying’s shadow lined the entire planet. We
all know the cruelty of solitude, of not with the ability to say goodbye to these we
love; so we determine instantly with Orpheus. Subsequently, we uphold Orpheus’s
quest. We confront the disappearance of our family members and insurgent towards the
Fates. We hope and want for a number of extra moments—sufficient time to embrace them,
really feel them blissful, and in peace. Closure. Our future is to like somebody a lot
that we allow them to go to seek out their peace. Orpheus laments Eurydice’s dying,
confronts his solitude, raises his eyes, and faces life once more. And wherever
Eurydice is, I’m positive she is going to hear and smile.



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