Dido and Aeneas
Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is given a choreographic adaptation for 10 dancers by the choreographer Blanca Li, in a powerful incarnation whose intimacy reinforces all the tragic beauty of this baroque masterpiece.
In the collective imagination, the love between Dido, queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, future founder of Rome, defines one of the highest expressions of the tragic passion of love. From the work Purcell composed in 1689, the Madrid-based Blanca Li proposes a staging both contemporary and anchored in tradition, on the version recorded by Les Arts Florissants and William Christie. In a modern claroscuro, glistening reflections dazzle and dance in the changing the light. The protagonists diffract as they evolve in a universe suspended between sky and water. In this way, Blanca Li completes a metamorphosis of this masterpiece in a sculptural, evolutive and sensual space.
Choreography Blanca Li
Music Henry Purcell
Scenography Blanca Li
Costumes Laurent Mercier
Lighting Pascal Laajili
Assistant choreography Deborah Torres Garguilo and Gyslein Lefever
Piece for 10 dancers
Sound recording Les Arts Florissants - William Christie by Opera Vision
Production Compagnie Blanca Li / Calentino
Photo © Dan Aucante