La Monnaie invites residents and artists from different communities in Brussels to draw inspiration from the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and the Persian love story of Layla and Majnun for a period of two seasons. In a range of workshops, we will work together on the music, text, images, and movements of what will be a major music-theatre production. Here, everyone can put their talent and creativity to use! Following the first phases, Sounds of Longing and Songs of Longing, this community project will reach its twin apotheoses in May 2018. Mythical animals brought to life in the workshops will be released along a fantastical route through the city. And Orfeo & Majnun will have a festive opening at La Monnaie: a performance about universal emotions, interwoven with different musical styles, languages, and art forms. This project is being developed in cooperation with a number of European theatres and festivals.