Dido Dido is an up-close confrontation with mythical Queen Dido's tragic fate.
Director/choreographer Nicole Beutler and het musical counterpart Romain Bischoff took their inspiration for this performance from Henry Prucell's most celebrated aria: 'Dido's Lament' from the opera Dido and Aeneas. Defeated by love and forsaken by her people, Dido decides to take her own life. "Remember me, but forget my fate." It is the paradox in these last words however, that make her fate so hard to forget. Five singer-musicians and one dancer are impassioned by Dido, as they breathe life into a puppet based on the Japanese tradition of bunraku. As in a feverish dream they penetrate the very heart of Dido's despair and will-power. With instruments from different corners of the world they deconstruct, repeat and rearrange the classical aria. In doing so, they are delaying the inevitable end, carving out time and space for a gentle letting go. Dido Dido: an incantational parting opera that crawls deep under the skin.
concept Nicole Beutler & Romain Bischoff direction & choreography Nicole Beutler musical directionRomain Bischoff performance Michaela Riener, Maya Alban-Zapata , Raphaela Danksagmueller, Tiemo Wang & Hillary Blake Firestone puppet design & puppetry coaching Ulrike Quade puppet creator Watanabe Kazunori costumes Jessica Helbach set- & lightdesign Sascha van Riel music Henry Purcell, Wouter Snoei & all performers