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Orpheus & Eurydice

Follow the making of the NEW PRODUCTION of Orpheus & Eurydice from LA Opera and The Joffrey Ballet. Here you'll find a steady stream of behind-the-scenes photos, making-of featurettes and insights into the inspiration and process of bringing this ground-breaking collaboration to life.


September 23, 2017 — The production opens in Chicago

See stage photos from what the Chicago Tribune called "An achingly beautiful dream of a show" by clicking below:


August, 2017 — Costuming the Joffrey

The Joffrey Ballet Costume Shop fits dancers in their final stage wears. 

The "Snake Fury" costume nears completion. Can't wait to see what the final get-up looks like in March.

And we're utterly fascinated by this "Stone Fury" costume! How does one ballet dance when clad as a human disco ball?

Photos courtesy of Joffrey Ballet.



August, 2017 — Technical Rehearsal

John Neumeier and Chicago Lyric Opera's Lighting Director Chris Maravich hard at work lighting the recently completed sets.

Images ©Todd Rosenberg / LOC 


July, 2017 — Dance rehearsals in Chicago


John Neumeier and the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet prepare for the September premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

With a hint of the costume designs to come...

Photos ©Andrew Cioffi


June, 2017 — Set models emerge...

John Neumeier's set designs in model form offer a sneak peek at what we'll be enjoying in March of 2018. His challenge is to create a space that projects the drama and grandeur of opera, while leaving the requisite stage space for an entire ballet troupe to perform.

Somehow there's room for a car!

And yes, a massive depiction of "Isle of the Dead" unfolds...

May, 1880 — Painting an Island

Swiss Symboilist painter Arnold Böcklin completes the first of several versions of his best known work, "Isle of the Dead." It goes on to inspire and influence a host of other artists, including Salvador Dali, H.R. Giger, and eventually Orpheus & Eurydice auteur John Neumeier. 

In Neumeier's conception of Gluck's opera, Orpheus is a modern choreographer creating a piece inspired by the iconic painting, and Eurydice is his leading ballerina.