Australian theatre director and composer Barrie Kosky was artistic director of the Gilgul Jewish Theatre Company in Melbourne and was the artistic director of the 1996 Adelaide Festival of Arts. In 2001 he was appointed co-artistic director of the Schauspielhaus Theatre in Vienna. He has become an internationally respected theatre director in demand in the great opera houses of Berlin and Vienna. Kosky's direction of 'Women of Troy' won the awards for Best Director and Best Mainstream Production, Sydney Theatre Awards, 2008.
'The Lost Echo' is based on the mythological stories in Ovid's Metamorphoses. It is 'a kaleidoscope of music, text, dance, and image using the music of Cole Porter, John Dowland and Franz Schubert.'
The twelve stories told are those of : 1. Phaethon: A boy whose search for his father leads him to incineration. 2. Callisto: A virgin girl who is seduced by a god, changed into a bear and transformed into a star. 3. Actaeon: A boy who is transformed into a stag as punishment for voyeurism and is eventually ripped apart by his own dogs. 4. Mestra: A girl whose father eats himself to death. 5. Myrrha: A girl whose incestuous lust for her father leads her to misery and transformation into a tree 6. Arachne: A girl whose pride, arrogance and insight leads her to be changed into a spider 7. Salmacis: A woman whose obsession for a younger man leads them both to be transformed into water. 8. Philomela: A girl who enacts devastating revenge on her rapist by feeding him his own child. 9. Semele: A girl who sleeps with a god and is obliterated by the gods. 10. Pentheus: A boy whose inner torment results in him being ripped into pieces by his own mother. 11. Narcissus and Echo :A boy who falls in love with his own reflection and a girl who vanishes into her own voice. 12. Orpheus and Euridice: A man who loses the woman he loves - twice.