27 April 2015 at 3.31pm | Comment on this article
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.
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.