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Orpheus, presented by Forest Collective

3 February 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT

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An event every day that begins at 3:30 pm, repeating until 3 February 2019

An event every day that begins at 3:30 pm, repeating until 3 February 2019

$27 – $40

Forest Collective make contemporary music sound, look, and feel exciting.” – CutCommon

For Midsumma Festival 2019 Forest Collective is proud to present the world premiere season of new ballet-opera of ancient Greek myth Orpheus by artistic director Evan Lawson.

A thrilling retelling of the infamous myth, this version not only explores the sad tale of his love with Eurydice but his untold gay relationship with fellow argonaut, Calais.

Devised from text’s from ancient operas based on Orpheus, this work will be danced and choreographed by dynamic emerging artist Ashley Dougan and Eurydice sung by Forest Collective core mezzo soprano Kate Bright.

Orpheus’ dark and mysterious journey is brought life by designer Jane Noonan to bring about a rich and inspiring series of performances.

Composed and conducted by one of Australia’s leading emerging queer musicians, Evan Lawson’s music has been described as “bar to bar, beautiful” in RealTime Magazine.

This landmark new opera, the first in Midsumma Festival’s history, will prove to be one of the cultural highlights for Melbourne summer 2019.

This performance is part of Abbotsford Convent’s Convent Live program.

Orpheus is support by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


  • Flutes – Erica Tucceri (guest musician)
  • Recorders – Ryan Williams
  • Clarinet – Vilan Mai
  • Trombones – Trea Hindley
  • Harp – Samantha Ramirez (guest musician)
  • Violin – Helen Bower
  • Double Bass – Rebecca Scully


  • Composer & Conductor – Evan Lawson
  • Choreographer & Dancer – Ashley Dougan
  • Costume Design – Jane Noona
  • Set Design – Candice MacAllister
  • Dramaturgy – John Pyburn
  • Assistant Music Director – Alexander Colding-Smith
  • Eurydice – Kate Bright
  • Dancers – Luke Fryer & Piaera Lauritz

Orpheus is a co-commission between Forest Collective & Prismatx Ensemble.

Forest Collective acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, meet, create, and perform – primarily Wurundjeri land of the Kulin Nation.

We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and extend our respects to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, and relationship with the land. We recognise Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of this nation.



3 February 2019
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$27 – $40
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Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford
1 St Heliers St
Abbotsford, VIC 3067 Australia