Blue-gray light. The sound of water lapping against a waiting boat. A musician arrives at the river’s edge, instrument in hand. Can he convince the ferryman to take him across? He will have to play like he’s never played before. Basement Hades situates the audience in the realm of the dead, reimagining the Orpheus myth through music and text – old and new. A unique ensemble of performers, including the contemporary chamber music group New Morse Code, composer/pianist Dan Schlosberg and mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen, weave together a virtuosic tapestry of song and poetry, blurring the boundaries between concert, play and multimedia event.
Images by Ethan Heard from the production at the Yale Cabaret 2012, developed at Norfolk Music Festival