Opera North Projects

She, So Beloved

She, so beloved is a film and installation by the Quay Brothers inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem ‘Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes.’ 

Orfeo is based on the classical story of love and loss where Orpheus enters the underworld to bring his deceased young bride Eurydice back to the world of the living. The Quay Brother’s imaginative installation, like Monteverdi’s opera, retells the myth with a combination of art forms; film, dance, music and visual art contained within a contemporary staged installation to provide an intimate sensory experience.

The sound combines elements of the Monteverdi opera with sounds recorded at an underground river in Leeds. Stylistically the installation provides a sense of magical, deep intimacy created by the qualities of Zenaida’s movement and the Quay brother’s ability to create a strange and unsettling world in miniature.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects and Capture in association with Leeds Art Gallery.

Choreography: Kim Brandstrup
Eurydice: Zenaida Yanowsky
Orpheus: Simon Keenlyside

The Artists

Quay Brothers Timothy and Stephen Quay originate from Philadelphia but have lived in London since 1977. In 1980 they formed their production company Koninck and since then they have created renowned work for cinema - Street of Crocodiles, theatre -  Midsummer Night's Dream, Ionesco’s The Chairs, Opera - Love for Three Oranges, commercials, music videos and dance – designing The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other and Cupid and Psyche (Royal Danish ballet). The brothers made In Absentia for the BBC, a collaboration with Karlheinz Stockhausen and for Channel 4, Sandman. They also directed Duet as part of a series pairing choreographers with filmmakers, both with Will Tuckett.

Kim Brandstrup is a Danish-born choreographer. Kim studied film at the University of Copenhagen and choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School in London. He has created a number of successful dance works both for his company, Arc, founded in 1985, and various international dance and ballet companies. His choreography blends fluidly modern and post-modern syntactical and narrative solutions with forms and precepts derived from both ballet and American modern dance.

Zenaida Yanowsky joined The Royal Ballet in 1994 and was promoted to Principal in 2001. Her repertory includes Odette/Odile, Sugar Plum Fairy, Manon, Myrtha and Lilac Fairy (Sleeping Beauty). She has created roles for and worked with such choreographers as Tharp, Forsythe, Ek, Duato, Tetley, Tuckett, Page, Davies, Wheeldon, Yanowsky, Baldwin, Marston, Kylián, Brandstrup, Mrozewski, Bruce and Flindt. She features in the films Duet and The Sandman (Channel 4) and recently filmed Riot of the Rite (BBC).

Simon Keenlyside is an English baritone. Simon studied zoology at Cambridge sang under John Cameron at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Simon made his operatic debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro). Simon has since sung in Geneva (Hamlet), San Francisco (Pelleas), Sydney (Figaro), Berlin (Figaro), Paris (Papageno and Guglielmo), and at the Metropolitan Opera, New York (Belcore). Simon has recorded two recital discs featuring works by Schubert and Strauss with Malcolm Martineau.

Performance History


Leeds Arts Gallery
October 12th 2012 – January 20th 2013

Overworlds & Underworlds, Leeds
18th-20th May 2012

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