The end of Orpheus’s journey to the underworld to bring back Eurydice is well known.He is allowed to take his beloved back with him on condition that he doesn’t look back… so what does he do?!… he looks back!
That’s what happens at the end… but what happened just before that?
I think the only reason Orpheus could have looked back was that he wasn’t sure if Eurydice was following him…and what if she was the one who made him uncertain?
what if the whole thing had been set up from the beginning?
Shortly before that well-known finale, I wanted to imagine the beautiful Eurydice in a modern light. An elegant woman taking off her high heels to walk on tiptoe…
I wanted to imagine this act as the final move in a plan thought out down to the tiniest detail right from the start.
I did so through these tracks:
THE TRAP OF THE SENSES
A trap set by beauty.That beauty I prefer to call “enchantment”… but also thanks to scents and a wonderful voice…a trap that involves all the senses.
WRITTEN IN LIGHT
To bring the legend into the present day, as well as the high-heel shoes and other small details, I wanted to think of a Eurydice who captures Orpheus with the power of photography too (writing in light).
A photo in which light and shadow seem random but in fact are contrived to capture his desire. Nothing is left to chance!The photo is a rich summary of details able to encapsulate almost anything. An immobile magic that seems lifeless but which opens the way for the imagination and so is filled with life. A dangerous weapon.
LIKE THE WINTER SEA AM I
I thought of Eurydice as Beauty, able to give you that carefree feeling that invites you to flee.A winter sea which makes you think about the infinite and recalls the best of life.I thought of Orpheus like Artemis. Both enraptured by a beauty that brings about their demise. A beauty that cannot be captured. It is too great.
I imagined Eurydice as a beautiful woman who is also very dangerous. Like a frozen lake that entices you. A frozen lake that invites you to come closer, to walk over the ice, only to swallow you up… Like an unexplored territory… which should perhaps remain unexplored… I imagined her like the Mistletoe in the legend of Baldur… No one would ever have thought of them as killers!
Beautiful and dangerous like a “deployed army”. Indecipherable like the Voynich manuscript.
TRUST ME, ORPHEUS
In my version, Eurydice is the mind behind a plan thought out down to the tiniest detail. From the photos taken to stoke Orpheus’s desire to the marriage ceremony… all planned. There she is, barefoot on the white sand, filling the air with desire. She who urges Orpheus to trust his own instincts because she knows his instinct plays into her hands. She who promises to take him out of the underworld and who has an even worse hell in mind…
I’LL MAKE A FOOL OF YOU
I wanted to think of the worst… of an unscrupulous creature. Of a Eurydice who pays Hymen to appear and convince everyone that it is a real wedding. She who pays the water and the flowers for their scent. It will all end as in a duel where, after a few paces, you turn around… but in this case the duel in unfair!… if you turn around you lose!… Orpheus’s end is inevitable.
The unscrupulous Eurydice in these songs is a metaphor for that beauty that doesn’t indulge. A metaphor of enchantment. Ignoring the image of the “arranged marriage”, she is not the one doing wrong. It is Orpheus who lets himself be enraptured… Eurydice is thus a metaphor of all that enchants despite being dangerous… she is a metaphor for life.I myself, between the lines, couldn’t resist… you will find that it is the elegy to her Beauty that wins… although I’m on Orpheus’s side, I sought the best for Eurydice as I depicted and sang her.
Although I am on my own side, I cannot resist life, music, the enchantment of things that sometimes take me to hell.by admin