One of New Zealand's most acclaimed choreographers, Michael Parmenter, returns to the Festival with The New Zealand Dance Company for the world premiere season of OrphEus - a dance opera. This richly layered, epic dance work explores the myth of the Greek hero Orpheus. Using this mythic yet deeply personal tragedy, OrphEus thrillingly stages the eternal challenge of the artist – to seek the familiar or venture into dangerous uncharted territory.


Co-produced by the New Zealand Festival, Auckland Arts Festival and The New Zealand Dance Company

For more information, visit the NZDC website.

Download OrphEus – a dance opera Teacher Resource Kit

Curriculum links: Dance, Music, Drama