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Eurydice Descended 

When: Nov. 20-21 2015

EURYDICE DESCENDED

CORDOBA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, DURHAM

FRIDAY, NOV. 20–SATURDAY, NOV. 21

Choreographer Jessi Knight and her sister, director and poet Christina Knight, had been processing the death of their father when Christina dreamed of waking up in the City of the Dead. "She said it looked a lot like Brooklyn, where she was living at the time," Jessi recalls. Both were considering the nature of tragedy, and both were nearing the end of long-term relationships, re-examining their understandings of love. They sought insight in a number of myths, and Eurydice spoke most directly to them. "She's the object of Orpheus' love and devotion," Knight notes, "but she gets consumed by it. When she dies, he assumes it's within his right and duty to go retrieve her from the Underworld. She's so marginalized in her own story." In this first dance-theater work from their new company, Knightworks, 11 performers cross Haitian funereal imagery with house music and drag culture, propelling Eurydice on an odyssey of her own. 8 p.m., $10–$12, 923 Franklin St., Durham, 919-414-9659, www.knightworksdancetheater.org. —Byron Woods

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