After a year’s pause the company would have been back at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden on November 15, 18 and 20, performing Sasha Waltz’ version of Claudio Monteverdi’s »Orfeo« in the frame of the opera’s own festival Barocktage. In accordance with the decision taken by the federal and state governments on October 28 to combat the SARS-Cov2 pandemic, the performances now must be cancelled.
Claudio Monteverdi’s »Orfeo« is considered to be the first opera and a masterpiece of European musical history. Certainly, this setting to music of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is the earliest surviving »Favola in musica«, which at its première in 1607 apprehended for the first time instrumental music, song, dance and theatre as a unit. For Sasha Waltz, »Orfeo« brings together different strands from previous creations, and connects soloists from her arrangements of contemporary pieces with actors from the world of ancient music.
Her version of Henry Purcell’s baroque opera »Dido & Aeneas« signaled the start of a new chapter in her artistic work. She enhanced the media of musical theatre through the theatricality of dance and created a new genre for the opera, a fusion of dance, song and music: the choreographic opera. This new genre continued its development as Sasha Waltz worked on the compositions »Medea« (Dusapin, 2007), »Roméo & Juliette« (Berlioz, 2007), »Passion« (Dusapin, 2010) and »Matsukaze« (Hosokawa, 2011). After first encountering the myth of Orpheus in Pascal Dusapin‘s chamber opera »Passion«, with »Orfeo« Sasha Waltz returns to the roots of baroque music.
15. November, 6 pm
18. 20. November 2020, 7 pm
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