Dido & Aeneas
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Dido & Aeneas

An opera by Henry Purcell
Choreography/Direction: Sasha Waltz
Musical Realization, Reconstruction: Attilio Cremonesi

Sasha Waltz & Guests
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Vocalconsort Berlin
Musical Direction: Christopher Moulds

Is it contradictory to combine early music together with Modern Dance Theater? The phenomenally stunning success of Dido & Aeneas, a co-production of Sasha Waltz & Guests, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and the Vocalconsort Berlin, prove that such a partnership is indeed more than possible.

The realization of this concept was a premiere for all three ensembles: Sasha Waltz took a ‘finished’ baroque opera and created her own interpretation using 12 dancers from her company. Together with the musicians of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Vocalconsort Berlin, and vocal soloists, Sasha Waltz was able to recreate this emotional and multi-faceted world of Purcell’s only complete opera, which recounts the tragic love story of Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, who was forced to flee Troy.

“The 41 year old choreograph Sasha Waltz, celebrated for breaking norms in Modern Dance Theater, has literally dived into her first opera by capturing the eye and imagination through the scene of a myriad of Tritons in uniform and civilians frolicking in the bubbling waters. More than just an eye catcher, it also serves as a bright background for the musical prologue, which was originally lost. Using Nahum Tate’s text, Atillio Cremonesi, the production’s conductor, was able to ‘fish through’ Purcell’s work and recreate a likely prologue that might have been heard in the original performance of the work at the London Girl’s School in 1689. With this, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin play using their baroque instruments in such a energetic and pointed manner that, like the choreography, vivid images are created.” (Die Zeit)

A Production by Sasha Waltz and Guests in co-production with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Opéra National de Montpellier and Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin.

Next performance:
SA 27 August 2011 Berlin Waldbühne 17H

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Dido & Aeneas

Dido & Aeneas

Oper von Henry Purcell
Choreographie von Sasha Waltz

Sasha Waltz & Guests
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Vocalconsort Berlin

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