Eurydice Fragments is a contemporary version of the Orphean myth, depicting the story of Eurydice, a multimedia artist who descends into the depths of her psyche where she uncovers how memories and identity are fragmented, shaped and altered over time by our extended realities and social constructs. Through an immersive exploration of our digital and carbon existences, the performance dissolves the binaries we are bound to from birth until death and strums the threads between heaven and hell, male and female, maker and muse, performer and audience.
This immersive musical-theatrical performance is co-created with a unique team of multidisciplinary singers, dancers, instrumentalists, electroacoustic artists and sound designers. Taking inspiration from diverse musical styles, such as baroque opera, trip hop and newly invented instruments, such as the Lumatone, the story, music and theatre transcend genres.
re:Naissance Opera is a cutting-edge company that pushes the boundaries of opera, fusing the old with the new to create immersive experiences for modern audiences. Founded in 2017 by Debi Wong and located on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations, the company aims to redefine the future of storytelling.
re:Naissance Opera blends technology, culture, and social conscience to take opera from the stage to the digital world and back again. Its team asks: what would opera look like if it were invented today? The result is an interdisciplinary mix of music, text, design, and technology that defies genres and expectations.
The company believes in putting people first, which is why they prioritize processes that empower creators with the tools and platforms they need to truly express themselves. They are proud to be a leader in artist advocacy and are committed to making room for emerging and marginalized creators, working closely with those in the IBPOC, Queer, and Deaf communities. By celebrating and empowering artists across all art forms, re:Naissance Opera co-creates performances that defy genres, rewrite cultural narratives, and challenge cultural norms. Their focus on hopeful world-views sets them apart, creating immersive experiences that transport audiences to a new era of storytelling.
The National Creation Fund’s investment of $150,000 makes it possible for the full cast and creative team to come together for three workshops, with dedicated time to create roles for trans voices and non-binary singers, integrate the immersive theatrical design and technical elements into the live performance, and further testing of audience interaction.
Eurydice Fragments has evolved out of many workshops and explorations, including OrpheusVR, Live From The Underworld and Tap Ex: Augmented Opera, that have been supported by: the Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada, City of Vancouver, Province of British Columbia, CreativeBC, British Columbia Arts Council, Vancouver Civic Theatres, MITACS, Reallusion, Movella, the Sawmill Studios, Tapestry Opera and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
Premiering in 2024 in collaboration with Arkora and Vancouver Opera.