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Eurydice's Dream

MARCH-ARIL-2013  - The Interart Theatre,  New York, NY 

Photography by Alan Roche

Lovers are torn between two worlds, lost and found in a desolate land, and shaken to the core by a shocking encounter. Eurydice’s Dream is an original piece conceived by Blessed Unrest’s award-winning Artistic Director Jessica Burr. Rooted in the myths of Orpheus/Eurydice and Echo/Narcissus, the multiple narratives of wayward love are woven together with humor, precision, and sweat.

Burr and Villani recieve

At the annual Innovative Theatre Awards ceremony on Monday, September 30, 2013, Jessica Burr and Sonia Villani were honored with the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Choreography/Movement for our original devised play Eurydice’s Dream.

What they said

“Blessed Unrest's original creation Eurydice's Dream is a powerful abstract journey. There is far more dance, emotion, movement and skin onstage than text. I love the physical ingenuity and visual artistry of this company’s work, and this show lived up to my high expectations.

“The physical energy onstage is incredible. There are always bodies moving in creative and captivating ways. It's deliciously overwhelming to try to take it all in.

“Perhaps the biggest reason to see this play is to behold how strong each member of the ensemble is individually and how bravely they work together. Their bodies are ridiculously dexterous and they deftly handle each other's bodies like magical extensions of their own.

“…I also respect how much director Jessica Burr trusted the abstractness of the piece and just went there without handholding or apology. It's exciting to see a theater company just trust their audience and throw out a challenge like that. It's also, most basically, a dream play. I think that was the most enjoyable aspect of the whole thing for me. It is a unique experience to be let into the non-literal dream-world of these mythical characters, and once there, to be allowed to share the beauty and pain of their dreams.”

~ Heather Lee Rogers,

“It's tremendously impressive. …from beginning to end one never wants to stop looking—even blinking at Eurydice's Dream seems a nuisance.

“It's to the choreographer's credit that much happens at once in Eurydice's Dream but one can take it all in—there are no conflicts about ‘where to look’ as in a multi-ring circus, it's all there for you as if it's all a part of you.

“…Eurydice's Dream is tone perfect in its vision is of impermanence and transition as fundamental features of love and life. It's filled with transformations and yet holds on to its story line. Ovid, the famous teller of the classical myths in his Metamorphoses—transformations of form and being—would love it.”

~ Yvonne Korshak, Let's Talk off-Broadway

“The show moved me, it took me on a journey, allowing me to take and interpret the story in my own way. I felt like an excited puppy, finding all these new trails to follow, stimulated by all the actors, who were enthralling to watch. Such commitment, energy, and strength, physical and mental. An amazing night of theatre, thank you!”

~ Rachel Jane Conn, audience member

“I loved the intensity, the style, the emotion and the heat. So much human emotion. Real interactions in mythic settings. You brought it all together in an eye popping, room filling, excitement filled work. I was honored to be there.”

~ Tom Mallon, audience member


Production CREDITS

Directed and choreographed by

Jessica Burr

Text by

Teddy Jefferson and Matt Opatrny

Created by

the ensemble


Andrew Dahl, Marco De Ornella, Jason Griffin, Tatyana Kot, Darrell Stokes, Sonia Villani, Jessika D Williams

Production Stage Manager 

Jaimie Van Dyke

Lighting and Set Designer 

Benjamin C Tevelow

Costume Designer 

Summer Lee Jack

Sound Designer 

Damen Scranton with Jaimie Van Dyke

Sound Engineer 

Rich Johnson

Scenic Painter 

So Mi Ko

Production Assistant

Kate Kendrick

Press Representative 

Dale Heller, Heller Highwater LLC

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Eurydice's Dream has been made possible by SHS Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; the Interart Theatre Development Series; and the generosity of individual donors.

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