On all three shows, the audiences loved Orchis! Some came a second and third time to see it again. It was a fine example of great collaboration and everything fit together like a fine jigsaw puzzle. The result was truly enchanting. Here are some comments:
Orchis then becomes like the beautiful butterfly, whose spirit soars spectacularly, but briefly. I feel privileged to have been one of those who watched as it flew by.
That was absolutely wonderful. So beautiful! The dancing was superb, the costumes perfect and your photos beyond wonderful! I am so glad I saw it. … I took my friend for his birthday and he cannot stop talking about it … I hope the show gets picked up by other companies…
You had made the orchids come to life through your photographic genius. We, as the audience, welcomed the opportunity to give you an appreciative HAND, clapping being such a great release after watching this breathtaking work of art. I shall be coming to the third performance on Sunday. I loved the intersection of dance, photographs, and musical composition. I hope that your work will be performed again.
In this post, I share with you a few photographs from Saturday and Sunday performances and a short segment of the video as a memento of Orchis. The music in the video is shared with permission from the composer Sonya Belousova who promised to work on publishing the music of Orchis which she so beautifully composed. I thank my friends for sharing their photographs with me to share with others. I must also add special thanks to Photodex support engineers and other users who addressed my technical questions that arose during the development of the presentation. Thanks, Alex, Allen.
I would like to express my thanks to Misha for having the vision to jump from my photographs to ballet, to Viktor for creating great choreography, to Sonya for her sublime music, to Beth and Toots, for the costumes that wonderfully reflect the qualities of the flowers, to Alan for creating such a stark but powerful stage, and to all Festival Ballet dancers for giving their full for a captivating performance. Orchis première ended, but Orchis lives in the hearts of those who created and performed it, and in the memories of those who were lucky enough to see it.