Orest: Dominique Mercy and Francesco Pio Ricci
Abducted by the goddess Diana and taken to the island of Tauris, the king’s daughter Iphigenia serves as a priestess in the temple. When the two young Greek men Pylades and Orest become stranded on Tauris, they are taken captive and are to be sacrificed. Iphigenie feels a certain affection for Orest, without realizing that he is her brother. She decides to let one of them escape. Wishing to save his friend, Orest convinces Iphigenie to help Pylades. On the way to the sacrificial bench, he talks about his sister, named Iphigenie. Finally recognizing each other, the siblings are rescued by the returning Pylades. In 1974 Pina Bausch created her first dance-opera with this choreography to Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera »Iphigenie auf Tauris« from 1781. The singers frame the dancers on the black and white stage, while the tragic story is told using only a few props. The Semperoper Ballett is the first company to which the Pina Bausch Foundation has entrusted the work, previously the exclusive property of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
Premiere 5. December 2019