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The Royal Opera's Orphée et Eurydice to be staged as part of #HOFEST

Sadler's Wells, O2 Brixton Academy and Stratford Circus will also stage work by Hofesh Shechter as part of a two-month festival in autumn 2015.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

27 April 2015 at 3.31pm | Comment on this article

This autumn, the Royal Opera House will join three major London venues staging work as part of #HOFEST, a four-week festival showcasing the work of choreographer and musician Hofesh Shechter.

Performances will take place at the Royal Opera House, Sadler's Wells, Stratford Circus and 02 Brixton Academy in September and October 2015.

Hofesh, who made his Royal Ballet choreographic debut earlier this Season with Untouchable, opens the festival at Covent Garden with his opera directing debut: Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice alongside co-director John Fulljames. One of Gluck's most popular works, the opera tells the story of the great musician Orphée, who journeys to the underworld in search of his lost-love, Eurydice. The production will star Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez in the lead role. As well as opening #HOFEST, the production's first night on 14 September will also open the 2015/16 Royal Opera Season.

‘I think it is extraordinary to have a choreographer who is also such a passionate and intelligent musician’, says John Fulljames. ‘Gluck’s music leaves enormous space for emotional reflection through both song and dance – it is an opera that has dance at its centre, and so it feels right to be working with Hofesh. We are also working with conductor John Eliot Gardiner, so this opera will be a collaborative process three ways.’

The festival also features the highly acclaimed Political Mother: the Choreographer’s Cut, staged for the first time at legendary rock venue the 02 Brixton Academy; barbarians, a trilogy performed for the first time in the UK at Sadler's Wells; and deGeneration, a showcase for young dancers performed by Shechter Junior in collaboration with East London Dance at Stratford Circus.

Find out more about #HOFEST.

Orphée et Eurydice runs 14 September to 3 October. General booking opens on 14 July.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet.

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