This was a favourite show of my Dad's, which sadly I don't think we ever got to perform, although I vividly remember the album cover above. Sixties-tastic! Years later and I am rather fond of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge which is based on the Orpheus tale, complete with tragic ending and most importantly, Can Can!
|Everybody Can Can!|
Sorry about that, I'll sit down again now. Anyway, that got me thinking about Orpheus, Underworld and All...
|Orpheus (1896) John Macallan Swan|
Lesser known part of the Orpheus story is that the Young Musician of the Year 800BC accompanied Jason and his Argonauts on his epic quest to Argos to get a sheepskin rug (I'm paraphrasing) and they came across the Sirens. The same Sirens that Ulysses came across...
|Ulysses and the Sirens (1891) J W Waterhouse|
|Orpheus and Euridice (1864) Frederic Leighton|
|Euridice Dying in Orpheus' Arms Edward Burne-Jones|
|Orpheus and Euridice (1868-72) G F Watts|
|Orpheus Charles Ricketts|
|Orpheus and Euridice Edward Poynter|
|Orpheus and Euridice Catharine Sparkes|
|Orpheus and Euridice Enrico Scuri|
|Orpheus Sorrows Pascal Dagnan-Boveret|
|The Lamentation of Orpheus Alexandre Seon|
|Bacchantes Overtaking Orpheus (1899) Douglas Strachan|
|Orpheus (1893) Jean Delville|
|Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus John William Waterhouse|
Orpheus is about being so good, you are immortal.
Now, Everybody Can-Can!