On January 16, 18 and 19 Sasha Waltz’ first choreographic opera »Dido & Aeneas« will be performed again at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin – ticket sale has started.
Henry Purcell’s »Dido & Aeneas« is often described as the oldest love story in English opera. It is a myth of flight, expulsion and love in times of war: When Aeneas leaves the Cathargean queen Dido after having found refuge at her court, he breaks her heart. Her lament »When I am laid in earth« is one of the most famous arias of music history in which Dido takes leave of her life and love.
The production was a premiere for Sasha Waltz, marking the beginning of her work on »choreographic opera«. Together with 12 dancers from her ensemble and 51 musicians choristers and soloists, Sasha Waltz has created her own interpretation of »Dido & Aeneas«, putting the choreographic transposition of the opera and the expansion of musical theatre through the medium of dance at the heart of this project.
The emotional and multi-faceted world of this, Purcell’s only complete opera, is the starting point for the choreographic work. Sasha Waltz in »Dido & Aeneas« successfully combines dance, music and song in a completely new way for the opera. Singers and choristers are part of an overall choreography, which sets them loose from their original roles and functions. In Dido’s final aria, it is no longer clear who is a singer, dancer, soloist or choir member. With the help of the impressive ensemble, Sasha Waltz’s choreography goes far beyond the mere illustration of the opera’s story.
2014 the renowned cycle of choreographic operas by Sasha Waltz ended with her interpretation of Claudio Monteverdis’ »Orfeo«. During this musically influenced production phase Sasha Waltz created choreographic operas to compositions by Hector Berlioz (»Roméo et Juliette«), Pascal Dusapin (»Medea«, »Passion«) and Toshio Hosokawa (»Matsukaze«).
Dido & Aeneas
Opera in three Acts by Henry Purcell
Libretto by Nahum Tate
Conductor and Adaptation
16 January 2022, 6 pm
18 19 January 2022, 7 pm
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
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World Premiere: Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, 29.01.2005
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.