Odon Ballet - A Medieval Saga - sell-out World Premiere
The world premiere of the ballet "Odon" was presented on the Stara Zagora Opera stage, Bulgaria, on August 17th. Under the baton of American conductor Anthony Armore, the dancers and orchestra performed to a completely a sold-out house.
A medieval tale of the Kingdom of Odon, the work was written especially for the Stara Zagora Opera's Orchestra and international Corps de Ballet. The young choreographers Marcelo Molina and Eleni Markou worked for several months on the two-act play, weaving together neoclassical and contemporary modern dance, to the music of Australian composers Mark John McEncroe and Mark J Saliba, with a libretto by Laura Goodin.
“Our idea was through dance to create the dialogue in this raw story which lasts for one hour and 45 minutes. It is a story of power and the struggle for supremacy, in which we see arrogance, hard-heartedness, lack of love,” said Marcello Molina. “Everything in it screams glittering crowns and weapons,” added Markou.
Six years in the making, Odon is McEncroe's first composition for ballet, but by no means the last. He's already working on the next one.