Elle a dansé – Il se tourna (2013)
A rendering of the work for one screen.
• Program note
This work, commissioned for the performance installation Go to Hell in October 2013, is a reflection on the myth of the famous musician and poet Orpheus whose attempt to save his loved Eurydice from the underworld ends with fatal consequences. There are many different transcriptions of the myth, the most commonly referred version is from the time of Virgil in which Eurydice died from a fatal snake bite while attempting to escape a satyr. Another Roman poet, Ovid, wrote a version in which Eurydice's death followed from her dancing with water nymphs on her wedding night. The moral undertone of this version is fascinating and opens up for different interpretations. The ending of the story likewise exists in several versions and with different, more or less brutal and tragic outcomes.
In this work we have superimposed some of the different versions, but focused our attention on the moment of Orpheus' turning around to make sure his beloved was still behind him. This fatal mistake made him loose Eurydice for good. Giving in to his desire to again see the face of his loved one is undoubtedly a big mistake. Or is it perhaps his anxiety that Persephone and Hades have fooled him? The video is a long ascending movement from the underworld and the original version with three screens made it impossible to see all screens at the same time. The viewers find themselves in a position similar to Orpheus' dilemma having to turn around to see what is really going on.
Elle a dansé - Il se tourna has been performed in Stockholm (SE), Malmö (SE) and Hamburg (DE).