Kansas City Orfeo

The Joyce Theater
175 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011
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Kansas City Orfeo likens the tragic tale of Orfeo's perilous journey into the underworld in search of his beloved Eurydice to an artist's creative search for beauty, truth, and immortality. In the work, choreographer Pascal Rioult creates parallel worlds. The first presents a young Orfeo living in the Kansas City underworld during Prohibition, where secret clubs and organized crime rule and the sounds of jazz haunt the streets at night; Rioult's story tells of Orfeo's heroic attempt to rescue his kidnapped beloved. And then there is Rioult's other, older Orfeo, an artist recollecting his past failures and disappointments in a world infested by surreal dreams and poetic memories.