THE SEARCH FOR PERSEPHONE
Traveling from the goddess’ capture to her celebratory return, The Search for Persephone is a visually stunning ballet with elaborate sets and costuming. Throughout this performance, the audience meets Gaea and Uranus at the world’s formation, flies with the nymphs in Artemis’s forest, dives into the aquatic world of Amphitrite, and seeps down with the creatures and fates of the underworld.
“Greek mythology holds so much magnificence and mystery, offering endless opportunities for captivating choreography and movement,” states McKee. “Using aerial work and a diversity of choreographic styles, we bring this tempestuous story to visual reality, bringing to light the lesser known mythical figures such as Amphitrite and Hecate."
Julie E. Cox dances the role of Persephone with Daniel Chait, a former dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, as Hades. “They bring authenticity to the roles,” says McKee. “Julie danced this role in 2014 and has intimate knowledge of Persephone, her innocence, her vulnerability and her power. Daniel’s interpretation of Hades is theatrical brilliance."