Balli de Monteverdi
Emio Greco I Pieter C. Scholten
Concerto Soave I Jean-Marc Aymes
Inspired by both the sacred and the secular, dance has always featured in baroque music, even inspiring its rhythm. Corpi ingrati, a new work based on Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigals, will be celebrating the four hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the composer’s birth by giving substance to his so-called choreographic works, the Balli, in a two-part composition combining singing, music and dance.
Following the pastoral gentleness of Ballo di Tirsi e Clori (1619) and the intoxicating whirlwind of the Ballo delle Ninfe dell’Istro (1638), Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten are revisiting the famous Il Ballo delle Ingrate (1638). Cast off into the underworld for refusing to submit themselves to patriarchal ideals and male pleasure, the spirits of the ungrateful women are brought back to earth for a while by Venus to encourage the living not to resist love. A cry of revolt by these women against their cruel fate, their dance is a genuine battle for control of their bodies.