A four-day festival of arts and ideas to inaugurate our newly renovated Onassis Cultural Center NY: music, dance, talks, films, and playful activities for curious minds of all ages.
The myth of Narcissus has fascinated human imagination through time and cultures. With roots lost in antiquity, it first appears in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, where narcissus is the flower that virginal Persephone plucks when abducted by Hades, the God of the Underworld. The better known telling of the myth comes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses: a beautiful Greek youth falls in love with his own reflection and wastes away pining for himself; in his place a flower grows, a narcissus, or daffodil which is our signal for spring. This version of the myth is the defining allegory of the post-modern age. From psychoanalysis to selfies, the Narcissus myth serves as an emblematic example of the unparalleled influence of Classical antiquity on our culture.
"Narcissus Now," a four-day festival, inaugurates the renovated Onassis Cultural Center NY with a kaleidoscopic portrait of the Narcissus myth through choreography, music, performance, fashion, culinary arts, film, architecture, visual arts, and literature. It will also examine the contemporary imprint of Narcissus on technology, psychology, philosophy, and science. With adventurous performance, engaging conversation, and light-hearted play from the forefront of intellectual and artistic talent around the world, "Narcissus Now" will celebrate the myth and its enduring imprint on society.