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.