A Story Told in Different Ways

wso-daphnis-and-chloeI went to see the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra perform Daphnis and Chloe with the Canadian Mennonite University choir last night. They were presenting a ballet score composed by Ravel. The ballet tells a story written by a Greek novelist named Longus in the second century. Longus spins the tale of two young people whose path to finding love with one another follows a twisted course. Daphnis and Chloe was also the title of an exhibit of prints by Chagall that ran all summer at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. I had learned to tell the Daphnis and Chloe story so I could share it with my tour groups.

Daphnes trudging through deep snow to the home of his love Chloé takes refugee under a tree filled with birds

As I listened to the music last night I thought of the various Chagall prints that could have accompanied each movement of the Ravel score. It made the concert a richer experience for me.

One of Daphnis' rivals tramples his flower garden and kidnaps Chloé

I kept wishing the Winnipeg Symphony could have arranged to have the Chagall prints flashing on the screen as they played. 
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