Dido and Aeneas 0+

Attilio Cremonesi, D 2005, original version / Czech subtitles, 95 min

Sasha Waltz’s staging of Henry Purcell’s baroque opera “Dido and Aeneas” was highly acclaimed by critics all over Europe. In her choreographic opera she attained an amalgamation of dance, vocals and music entirely novel to the world of opera. 7 singers, 13 dancers, 28 musicians and 16 members of a choir are becoming part of a holistic choreography and thereby are being taken far beyond their original function.“I am particularly interested in the story of Dido and Aeneas, the myth of love that turns into hate, the tale of fugitive and displaced persons, of love in the time of war”, states Sasha Waltz about the project. Waltz and her ensemble do much more than simply illustrating the plot – they turn a baroque opera into a modern dance performance. Easiness, curiosity and subtle irony are the strategies Sasha Waltz employs for her approach to Purcell’s classic. Since the world premier at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin “Dido and Aeneas” has been touring 12 Countries and has impressed the audience from Barcelona and London to Lisboa and Tel Aviv.

 

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