Season 2015/2016

Dido & Aeneas

Choreography Direction

Sasha Waltz

Conductor

Christopher Moulds

Musical Production Reconstruction

Attilio Cremonesi

Stage

Thomas Schenk Sasha Waltz

Costume design

Christine Birkle

Lighting Design

Thilo Reuther


CAST

 

Dido
Aurore Ugolin (Song)
Yael Schnell (Dance)
Michal Mualem (Dance)

 

Aeneas
Reuben Willcox (Song)
Virgis Puodziunas (Dance)

 

Train of Aeneas
Luc Dunberry (Dance)
Manuel Alfonso Pérez Torres (Dance)

 

Belinda
Deborah York (Song)
Sasa Queliz (Dance)

 

Second Woman
Céline Ricci (Song)
Maria Marta Colusi (Dance)

 

Narrator
Charlotte Engelkes (Dance)

 

Sorceress
Fabrice Mantegna (Song)
Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola (Dance)
Xuan Shi (Dance)

 

First witch
A sailor
Sebastian Lipp (Song)
Takako Suzuki (Dance)

 

Second witch
A spirit
Michael Bennett (Song)
Jirí Bartovanec (Dance)

 

Ascanius
Satchi Rahel Queliz (Dance)

 

Akademie  für Alte Musik Berlin
Vocalconsort Berlin
Tanzcompagnie Sasha Waltz & Guests

 

A production of Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
in coproduction with Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin,
Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg
and Opéra National de Montpellier

Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds e Land Berlin

 

In original language with italian and english subtitles

 

Preview RomaEuropa Festival 2016

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PROLOGUE
Phoebus, the Sun God rises from the sea in his solar chariot. Together with the nereids he invokes the advent of Venus.
Accompanied by the narrators, the observer travels through the waves. At the bottom of the sea he discovers the sunken city of Carthage.

ACT I
AT THE PALACE
ARRIVAL OF THE ROYAL COURT
Trojan hero Aeneas has managed to save his small son Ascanius and carry his Father from the ruins of burning Troy. Zeus has commissioned him to sail to Italy and found a new kingdom with his comrades. In the course of their passage through the Mediterranean, the Trojans land at Carthage, the city ruled by Queen Dido. After her husband´s death, Dido has vowed never to remarry, pledging herself entirely to the welfare of her State. Dido honours Aeneas with a royal banquet. She falls in love with him. Dido is tormented by doubts. Belinda dispels her mistress´ misgivings. She knows that the Trojan Aeneas harbours similar feelings.

ACT II
WITCHES´ SCENE, PART I
HUNTING COMPANY
The witches have assembled in a steep ravine. Their leader commands the destruction of Carthage as punishment for the irresponsible behaviour of Dido and Aeneas. A witch reports that Dido and Aeneas are hunting. The witch is ordered to disguise herself as Mercurius and announce Zeus´ decision to Aeneas that he has to set sail for Italy at once. The remaining witches shall evoke a storm in order to drive the hunting company back to the city.
Meanwhile, Belinda and the royal entourage are enjoying the beauty of the holy grove where they are resting. A seer interrupts their mood, accouncing that this is a place of doom. Dido arrives, followed by Aeneas who has felled a mighty boar. As soon as the lovers have retired to the tent prepared for them, the storm breaks. Aeneas alone is prevented by the witches from fleeing back to the city. The witch disguised as Mercurius commands him to leave for Italy immediately. The hero, although profoundly shaken, is prepared to fulfil his duty.

ACT III
MARINERS
WITCHES´ SCENE, PART II
LAMENTO
The Trojans are preparing for their departure. The witches rejoice when they see the disconsolate Queen. Dido feels that the Gods have punished her with Aeneas´faithlessness because she broke her vow; she refuses Aeneas´ offer to stay. The lovers accept the fate that has failed to respect their innermost desires and sacrifice their love. Belinda is unable to comfort. Aeneas sets sail with his comrades. Dido dies.

 

Where

Teatro Costanzi

More info

Dates

First performance

  • Wednesday
    14
    Sep
    HOURS 20:00

The replicas

  • Thursday
    15
    Sep
    HOURS 20:00
  • Saturday
    17
    Sep
    HOURS 18:00
  • Sunday
    18
    Sep
    HOURS 16:30

Preview youth

Tuesday
13
Sep
20:00
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