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The Orpheus Suite
An introduction to Ellington
David Bintley discusses the appeal of the jazz legend
Read about the legend of Orpheus
Read reviews of previous performances
Journalist Duncan Heining talks to the big band leader and composer of The Orpheus Suite
David Bintley on the attraction of jazz
The creator of Take Five talks about his love of jazz
See shots from the Company studios
An overview of the ballet
Read quotes from reviews of previous performances
Meet the characters portrayed in the ballet
Geoffrey Smith looks at Duke Ellington's relationship with dance
Bottom and Titania
Hamlet | Petruchio and Kate, a shrew | Richard III and Lady Anne | Macbeth and Lady Macbeth | Bottom and Titania | Othello and Desdemona | Romeo and Juliet
The second comedic segment of the suite sees Titania cast under a spell to make her fall for the foolish Bottom, himself bewitched by her earlier in Shakespeare's play to appear with the head of an ass.
Unaware of their enchantment, the two characters enjoy themselves immensely, like a pair of giggling teenagers, laughing at each others jokes and thoroughly impressed with one another no small amount.
A bright and breezy piece, it marries itself to the jazz orchestration perfectly. David Bintley has fun with the choreography too, with Bottom at one point playing Titania like the prominent double bass of the score!
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