Orpheus is sound, speech, music; he is the human need to respond to silence.
Transmission is a visual interpretation of a poem by the same name, crafted by Chris Sakellaridis, and is part of the 3361 Orpheus project.
3361 Orpheus is an experimental performance, that combines poetry, music, animation, dance and opera. Ιt draws inspiration from a range of retellings and adaptations of Orpheus's myth.
The performance's concept is based on a triptych. The dismemberment and subsequent journey of Orpheus's head from the river Evros to the island to Lesvos and the creation of his Oracle near the Petrified Forest. The spatial, disembodied, satellite voice coming from the constellation Lyra, where the lyre was placed after his death. The fate of Orpheus's limbs, buried near Mount Olympus.
The main characters in the narrative are Hermes, in his capacity as psychopomp and transporter of dead souls; Eurydice, recounting her own experience, in the form of shade and dryad, as well as memory; and Orpheus with his lyre, which is seen as a fourth character, a creature alive with its own vital energy.
Poem/Voice Chris Sakellaridis
Music John Davidson
Direction, Animation & Illustrations Afroditi Bitzouni