the sea (2019)
A sung soliloquy
In development for performance by Georgia Bowker Dunn in 2020
Words by Nicole Butcher
Since the Victorian era many ancient greek myths have been hijacked and altered to have any references to same-sex relationships or gender fluidity removed. Many people aren’t aware of the diversity in ancient myths that explore varying types of human sexuality and gender. In my exploration of the lesser known parts to the Orpheus myth, I was fascinated to find about his pederasty relationship with fellow argonaut Calaïs. In some sources, his love for the young man was deeper than his love for Eurydice. It provided me with a fascinating viewpoint on the love triangle at the core of the myth, and a fascinating love triangle to explore on stage.
Co-commissioned by Forest Collective and Prismatx Ensemble.
Premiere performance by Forest Collective at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne VIC as part of Midsumma Festival 2019, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and City of Yarra.
chamber opera calypso
On a desolate island, Odysseus - the warrior of the world - stumbles ashore after a shipwreck, another obstacle in his interminable quest to return home to his wife Penelope following the end of the Trojan War. Despairing at his surroundings, Odysseus collapses from his wounds. He is found by handmaidens of the princess Calypso and carried to her tower.
Words by Samuel Yeo
Commissioned and premiere performance by Forest Collective at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne VIC