Dolce Follia

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Dolce Follia

« Su la cetra amorosa » (ciaccona), Tarquinio Merula

"Yo soy la locura" (courtly tune) Henry de Bailly

"Quando voglio", (aria from Cesare in Egitto) Antonio Sartorio

Sonata in D minor, variations on "La Follia" RV 63 , Antonio Vivaldi

« Canzonetta Spirituale sopra alla nanna », Tarquinio Merula

Sonata RV 44 n°7 for cello, (Allemande), Antonio Vivaldi

"Sento in seno", (aria from Tieteberga, RV 737), Antonio Vivaldi

Tarantelas, extrait du Codex Salivar (Mexico), Santiago de Murcia

Tarentelles napolitaines instrumentales, Anonyme

« Donna Isabella", (canzone napolitane), Anonyme 

"Cum dederit", (aria from Nisi Dominus, RV 608), Antonio Vivaldi

"La Carpinese, (tarantella) Anonymous

"Cachua Serranita", extract from the Martines Compañon Codex (Trujillo, Peru), Anonymous

Heather Newhouse, soprano
Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu
Franck-Emmanuel Comte, harpsichord 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.



Dolce Follia is inspired by the ballet Folia, co-created with Mourad Merzouki for the Nuits de Fourvière. This programme is available in two versions that express the energy, inventiveness and choreographic intentions:

  • 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

Avec le soutien de la SPEDIDAM


28 Sept 2024

Festival de Ribeauvillé
Dolce Follia


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