Cupid and Psyche

Cupid and Psyche will pierce the heart of audiences with its achingly clever and gaspingly funny interpretation of the story of these most famous of lovers. [5 stars] – Winnipeg Free Press

The company both honours the tale and has a tremendous amount of fun at its expense…From start to finish, this superbly directed play is smart, witty, ambitious, thorough and joyfully done — easily one of the best of the fest. [5 stars] – Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Last summer, we returned to Classical mythology with Cupid and Psyche, the story of a mortal woman, Psyche, who is so beautiful that people start to worship her instead of the actual goddess of love, Venus. Naturally, Venus doesn’t take too kindly to this, so she hatches a plan with her son, Cupid – he’ll shoot her with one of his famous arrows and make her fall in love with a monster from the underworld. However, upon seeing her for the first time, Cupid falls in love with her instead. Complications ensue.

Stylistically, we blended Classical Roman fashion and architecture with elements of Art Nouveau. Instead of shadow puppets, we incorporated several large, hand-held puppets to depict various the fantastical beasts described in the story: Cerberus, the guard dog of Hades; mad, venomous sun-sheep from which Psyche must pluck golden fleece; some very helpful ants; and of course, Dave, the lovelorn underworld monster.

Cupid and Psyche was a wonderful experience for us in several ways. It was our first time in a “Bring Your Own Venue” at Winnipeg Fringe, which turned out to be a very good fit for the show. It was also our first time touring a Fringe play – we all had a lot of fun at Saskatoon’s PotashCorp Fringe Festival, and we made some great contacts there. All in all, a stirring success!

Pictures below the fold.

Image credit: Shannon Kirk

The Chorus. L-R: Ariel Levine, Jessy Ardern, Michelle Arentsen, Dan Augusta.

The Chorus. L-R: Ariel Levine, Jessy Ardern, Michelle Arentsen, Dan Augusta.

Dave, the lonely underworld monster, looms over his hapless prey.

Dave, the lonely underworld monster, looms over his hapless prey.

 

Ariel Levine (left) and Michelle Arentsen as Cerberus. Background: Venus headdress.

Ariel Levine (left) and Michelle Arentsen as Cerberus. Background: Venus headdress.

Psyche (Jessy Ardern, left) and Proserpina (Michelle Arentsen).

Psyche (Jessy Ardern, left) and Proserpina (Michelle Arentsen).

 

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