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<3 Eurydice

For those of you who did not see it through Facebook, we had a great run in NYC last weekend. Thank you for your support, your ideas, and for sharing parts of yourselves. We are surrounded by wonderful communities.

Post Cards

Nina should be getting some pictures from the NYC run up on FB soon, which we will link to. In the meantime, here is a picture of the post cards you may remember from our fundraising campaign. Post cards and bags went out in the mail yesterday, so keep an eye on your mailboxes.

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Want to purchase your tickets for Eurydice in Grand Central? Now you can! Click here to go to the ticket purchasing page!

Here is our blurb about the show:

Eurydice in Grand Central
Tactus Theatre Project

After melting, Eurydice wakes up in her own train platform of an underworld, a place that rings with sounds pulled from train stations, street corners, and subway stops. Here, she wonders where she is and what happened to her. As a character who is talked about, but does not have agency in her story, Eurydice must navigate this landscape without being able to generate language of her own. Through found text, music, and dance, Eurydice explores the story of her love, life, and death. Trying to figure out how she ended up dead – twice, she asks how she could have misinterpreted the word around her, and grows towards selfhood.

Friday, June 15 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 17 at 2:00 pm

Theaterlab
137 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

Tickets: $15

Image credit: Eurydice Image – Madeline Ballard; Photographs – Valerie Giacobbe

Run Time: 90 minutes (includes post-show talk-back)


June

Anyone want to know when Tactus will be presenting Eurydice in Grand Central this spring in NYC? You may have seen it on Facebook, but I want to announce it here too:

Friday, June 15 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 17 – 2:00 pm

Theaterlab
137 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

We will post information about purchasing tickets soon!

(Live in Philly? You can get to a 2:00 show and home again in one single day! There are even inexpensive buses that can get you there in about two hours, or there is always the train that can, depending on the number of stops, get from city to city in one and a half hours.)


One Third

Dear all,

First, thank you thank you thank you! We made it past the 25% mark! And we have you to thank!

Which makes me think that it is time for a new challenge.

Yes, we can reach for the stars – the one-third mark. 33%. 767 dollars. And you know what? We are only 84 dollars away. So, if we can get another 84 dollars by the end of, oh, let’s say, Wednesday, everyone who has donated up to that point will get an awesome one-third of the way thank you card – wallet sized for showing off. One of three types! I just spend the last few hours making them – we really are going for the hand-made goodies this year aren’t we?

"One-third" Cards

"One-third" landmark thank you cards by Sarah

Please excuse the poor-quality picture and instead, get excited about the awesome quality cards you will receive when we reach this goal. And help us get the word out so you can get your card!

Here is the breakdown. To get 84+ dollars we need:

  • 5 20 dollar donations or 4 21 dollar donations OR
  •  3 25 dollar donations with one ten dollar donation OR
  •  8 ten dollar donations with 1 5 dollar donation OR
  • Some other combination

So hurry and donate here, or get your friends to do so. And remember, we will keep rolling out landmark goodies, so the earlier you donate, the more little things you’ll get as well as your main perk.

I have some other news though too:

We are in the process of finalizing the contract to perform this spring. Once it is signed, we will be able to release the days, times, and locations of the performances. Keep watching this space – I hope we’ll be able to share this soon. I just wanted to let you know that we are working on it and that we should know soon.

Also, we have a new way to keep in touch with us: we have a new email list! You can sign up by clicking this link or by selecting the “Sign Up for our Email List” tab at the top of our blog. It has been my goal for a while to sign up with a service that would manage any emails lists we wanted to create so that there would be an easy way to subscribe or unsubscribe from the list at any time. So yes, that is the promise: we will not re-distribute your email addresses and you will always have the option to change your mind about being on the list. So why sign up and see if you like what we have to say?

Rehearsals will be starting soon for our Spring trip to NYC. Can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Thank you again for all your support. Please keep it up – we depend on it.

-Sarah


What is your hope (for Eurydice?)

Eurydice in Market East/ Grand Central begins by looking forward. It begins with hope.

This video contains the opening sound clip from Eurydice in Market East, along with pictures from the show.

Eurydice in Market East Opening from Sarah M on Vimeo.

So I want to ask you: given the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, what is your hope for E?

Who knows, as we re-develop the piece, your words may end up in the new performance. (Please note in your comment if we do or do not have permission to use your answer as part of the piece.)


The First 500

Well crazy supporters, would you take a look a that?

We have reached our goal of hitting the 500 dollar mark, and over a day before the deadline!

We will be getting your stickers to you soon (since we know most of you personally, we are going to see if we can pass them along if we plan to see you in the next little while, to save on the nearly half-a-dollar on postage – it ads up!).

Want to get a sneak peak while you wait? Here is photo of some of the stickers. Yes, I know the image is backwards. I am a theatre director not an all knowing user of the built-in camera on my computer, though I’m happy to work on becoming generally all-knowing – I will get back to you on that.

Support Stickers

I Supported Eurydice in Grand Central stickers created by Madeline Ballard

We have a few extra stickers, so if you were hoping for one, but just didn’t get in quite on time, we’ll give the next few people who donate a sticker too. Because stickers just want to be loved and appreciated.

So you know what time it is now? It is time to look ahead to the next landmark, and this one isn’t far away at all: If we hit $575 dollars, we will have reached a full quarter of our funding goal.

So keep up the amazing work – sharing this with your friends, donating so generously, commenting on our posts. I am off to round up another goodie for those who help us reach that goal, because you guys should get goodies for being so amazing.

Stay posted – I will update this space with the challenge when I have found something.


Back to Eurydice

Working on a play about Eurydice, we found it helpful to know the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, as well as a bit about the artistic history of retelling Eurydice’s story to make it her own.

We chose to explore the story of Eurydice because we wanted to explore issues of information and communication. We had already decided to work with found text, a medium that tends to produce fractured language. Found text inherently acknowledges the dissonance between the source text and the resulting script and, in doing so, results in a text that is aware of its ability or failure to communicate. And what better story to use to explore (mis)-meaning and (mis)-communication than that of Eurydice?

Need a refresher on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice before continuing? Try our program reminder (under “Eurydice’s Story”), written by Sammi, or the Wikipedia article on the subject, for starters.

The thing is, the story of Eurydice became a story about communication and voice vs. voicelessness long before we started working on it. It was when artists started to re-envision Eurydice’s story to her a full voice of her own that this became a myth about more than love and music and almost doing the impossible. When Eurydice spoke, it became a story about storytelling itself – a story about womanhood, agency, information, and empowerment. It was the perfect story for us to explore found text and information because it already had a rich history of interpretation and self-reflection.

Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes was one of the first retellings of this myth that I encountered. I remember reading this poem and feeling a certain relief that, for once, the way Eurydice melted did not seem simply cosmically unfair.

But there is a lot more to what Rilke writes, and a lot more to the conversation.

The next versions of Eurydice’s story that I encountered was that of Jorie Grahm’s poem Orpheus and Eurydice. Now might be a good time to admit that I tried to write a paper about this poem in undergrad, but was not terribly successful. That said, I started that paper because I love this poem, even if I cannot articulate what it is I like about it or what it says.

I know that I love the rhythm of this poem. I love the way the language reflects on itself and then has to struggle to hold itself together, but continues to push meaning forward (even if I can’t tell you what it means). I know that I love that I don’t have to be able to tell you what is going on in the poem to love it.

It was falling in love with this poem that made me want to search for other versions, to see how else this conversation had developed. And there is plenty more.

One thing we found is that much of the conversation that takes place through re-envisioning Eurydice’s story is driven by women who, when looking at it, see a reflection of a history of denying women legitimate agency. There is a full tradition now of women facing that history by giving Eurydice a voice of her own.

Margaret Attwood’s Orpheus and Eurydice Cycle participates in that conversation.

We also came across Carol Anne Duffy’s Eurydice.

(If you look at the comments section, you will find an illustration of the dangers of teaching a retelling of any story like Eurydice’s without discussing prior versions that it is responding to. It was seeing comments like these that made me take my mother seriously when she mentioned that we might want to make sure the audience had a refresher of the story before diving into the play. Hello program notes!)

I have spent the least time with this one, but found it while using the internet and search engines to get started on this project. (Yes, I sent out an email to everyone working on the project at the time titled “4 am web research.”) So I’ll throw in H.D.’s Eurydice as well.

Themes? Discovering and then claiming what belongs to a self, the idea of the gaze, control of history – these poems gave Eurydice a rich history and a strength long before we got to her. Eurydice was already the story of reclaiming a voice, of actively examining history, of self-reflection.

What we wanted to do, though, was, like so many artists before us, let Eurydice find a voice of her own, but not with her own language. We wanted to capitalize on the fact that, at the heart of this conversation is the fact that Eurydice lives inside of other people’s language. She exists in stories that people tell about Orpheus, stories that do not give her any agency. The issue that fascinates people when they look at this story is that the story of Eurydice seems to explore the power that language has to shape culture and history.

So if Eurydice exits in the language of those who tell her story, what happens if, when she tries to tell her own story, she cannot generate her own language but must use pre-formed phrases from her world, a world that is made of the same language that she is? To a certain extent, this is the same issue we face every day, though perhaps more extreme.

In exploring this language-world with Eurydice, the ways it can and also cannot express, we get a chance to explore our own world. We explore the way language does and does not define us, does and does not shape the way we talk about the things that matter to us, does and does not interpret the world for us. We have Eurydice to thank for this. And the history of artists who made Eurydice the powerful figure she is.

-Sarah

Please remember to donate to our campaign so we can continue to examine our world with those around us! To those who already have, thank you for believing in this art, and to those who have yet to, please remember to support projects that help us understand the world around us so that we can engage with that world effectively. We owe it all to you.


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