Eurydice, een afdaling in oneindigheid
Celine Daemen / NL, 2022 / 30 min.
This Virtual Reality opera is inspired by the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The audience makes a solitary journey to an in-between space, between matter and eternity, in which time fades and the laws of space become obsolete.
For centuries we have mused on the infinity of our soul, which after death leaves our body behind as a temporary shell and itself resumes to wander – whether by reincarnating, ascending to a heaven or being uploaded to the cloud. These are all desires based on the contradiction between the deceptive material world and a higher eternal reality in which we find our peace.
Eurydice's hypnotic singing draws you deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of corridors, ruins and balustrades, beyond which dizzying depths and vistas open up. Your curiosity is the best compass in this fascinating in-between space full of poetry and enchanting music.
Eurydice, a descent into infinity has been embraced by the festival circuit (among other things, it was selected for the Venice Immersive 2022 competition) and won awards at the Geneva International Film Festival and the Red Sea International Film Festival.
About the director
Celine Daemen (1995, The Netherlands) is a director of transdisciplinary art. Her work can be situated at the intersection between theatre, music, visual arts and technology. After graduating from the Academy of Performative Arts Maastricht, she made several productions in which immersion in both music and a virtual environment form the common thread. Celine is the founder of Studio Nergens, in which she forms transdisciplinary symbioses with varying collaborators and artists. Thematically, questions on “being” are central to her work. Celine wants to create sensory experiences that invite the audience to gaze inwards. This journey inwards takes them to a place where personal associations arise in response to universal philosophical questions.
On 28 February, Eye will host an evening about the imagination and interpretation of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice with the makers of the VR experience and guests, followed by the film Orphée (Jean Cocteau, 1950). The films Orfeu Negro (Marcel Camus, 1959) and the opera film Orfeo (Claude Goretta, 1985) are also screened during the VR experience's run.
In Eye 24 February through 5 March.
VR can have side effects. Read more on virtual reality sickness.
Virtual Reality productions are an increasingly important element of the contemporary film experience. Eye has created a new programme, Xtended, to focus on VR. In Xtended, you’re not confronted with the flat surface of a film screen. You move around virtually in 3D through a designed space that surrounds and immerses you on all sides.