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Dolce Follia

Arie, concertos and folias, chaconnes, by Antonio Vivaldi and his contemporaries
Tarentellas, ciacconas and dances from southern Italy

Heather Newhouse, soprano
Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu
Franck-Emmanuel Comte, harpsichord, organ and musical direction

Grégoire Durrande, electronic compositions
Pascal Cacouault, sound engineer
Antoine Hansberger, light

On stage :
Acoustic version: 1 soloist, 7 instrumentalists (strings, theorbo, harpsichord, percussions)

Electronic version: 1 soloist, 7 instrumentalists (strings, theorbo, harpsichord, percussions) +1 sound engineer recquired

“Folia”, a word from Portugal meaning “merrymaking” or “revelry”, is linked to working-class (shepherds and farmers). It simply consists of ascending ground basses on eight bars with variation (or “diferencias”). Adopted first by Italians then all of Europe, it evolves with virtuosity under Corelli or Vivaldi’s pen. Its style and spirit evoke for now on freedom and creativity.

Dolce Follia, is inspired by the hip-hop choreography Folia, a performance created with Mourad Merzouki for the Festival Les Nuits de Fourvière. This program preserves the energy and inventiveness given by dance. Hybrid music from Iberian Peninsula to southern Italy are inviting us to a journey through time. Refined repertoire from palazzi is rubbing shoulders with Napoli rough areas. Folias, tarentellas, passacailles and chaconnes are the musical framework of this program.

  • Baroque and electro instruments:
    The instrumentalists play accompanied by the electro soundtrack created by Grégoire Durrande for the ballet which participates in the magic of the show.
    Sound system for the 7 instrumentalists + 1 soloist
    Sound diffusion system (electro part)
    1 harpsichord tuned in 415Hz
  • Baroque instruments without electro
    In halls with a capacity of more than 250 seats, sound system for 7 instrumentalists + 1 soloist
    1 harpsichord tuned in 415Hz

January 14th 2021 / Cancelled
Espace culturel Éole à Craponne (69)

November 8th 2020 / Cancelled
CMI J.-S. Bach de Saint-Donat (26)

October 15th 2020
Salle Molière à Lyon (69)

October 9th 2019
Musique baroque en Famenne (Belgique)

July 25th 2019
Les Musicales en Auxois (21)

September 7th 2018
Concert privé
Saint Rémy de Provence (13)

July 20th 2018
Festival de l'été Mosan (BE)

July 19th 2018
Les Concerts de Vollore (63)

July 12th 2018
Festival Saoû chante Mozart (26)

14 juin 2018
Concert privé à Lyon (69)

June 14th 2018
Grand Hôtel Dieu de Lyon (69)


1 juillet 2022
Namur (Belgium)
Grand Manège - Namur Concert Hall
Dolce Follia
1 juillet 2022
Gand (Belgique)
Gand Fes­ti­val de Flandre
Dolce Follia
23 juillet 2022
Festival 1001 notes en Limousin
Dolce Follia

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