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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


23 juillet 2022
Festival 1001 notes en Limousin
Dolce Follia
22 nov. 2022
Église Saint-Vincent
Dolce Follia
Du 25 au 27 nov. 2022
Théâtre Impérial
Dolce Follia
2 déc. 2022
Concerts Classiques
Dolce Follia

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