The journey of Orpheus into the realm of death, his understanding of nature, his hypnotic power over those who listen to him, his wisdom to decipher the world and to describe it in his verses, as he speaks with the gods, all encouraged Mapa Teatro to reveal his visions in a forest and river surrounding, emphasizing the shamanic character through which Orpheus is able to undertake the journey to the underworld together with his "jaguar spirit", as described by the anthropologist Luis Cayón in his book of Orphic wisdom I think, therefore I believe. The Makuna theory of the world (2013), where he states that jaguar spirits "are the masters of the people, they are those who transmit knowledge", in the same way that Orpheus is the master poet, transmitting his knowledge through his journey towards the realm of the dead.
To accompany his travels - in which the origins of myth are not refuted and the jungle is seen in a subtle way when Orpheus believes that Eurydice’s beauty would help him understand the murmur of snakes; the dreams of bats; the fury of wasps; the deep voice of frogs, "which burst like bubbles that swell up their throats," as the jaguar that guides him to Hades, says to him -, Mapa Teatro found a musical reflection in the perspective and diverse horizon that defines the musical and instrumental group (which has also reinvented itself over the course of its work in motion), founded in 2000, L'Arpeggiata, led by Christina Pluhar. An ensamble where opera singers and singers of traditional and folk repertoire, have worked, with enough talent to turn their style and staging, into evidence of a time where creative curiosity does not admit limits.
Hugo Chaparro Valderrama
Orpheus (Opera) 2014