A new production of the FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE in co-production with THÉÂTRE DE CAEN with Lamentations, Madrigaux, Airs & Instrumental pieces by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), Tiburtio Massaino (1550-1609), Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676), Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674), Tarquino Merula (1595-1665), Luigi Rossi (1597-1653)

Let us not weep for those who weep; it is pointless for everyone. Rather, let us explore the realm of possibilities— i.e., the chances for transformation or emancipation bound to all these figures in tears.

Georges Didi-Huberman, Peuples en larmes, peuples en armes (2016)

What tides of fate have led Tancredi to a battlefield where he unknowingly affronts Clorinda, his true love, and eventually kills her? This improbable event that nonetheless occurs is known as a “black swan”: an inconceivable catastrophe to which a community must give meaning in order to surpass their tears and construct a brighter future on the ruins. With Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (“The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda”), an incredible masterpiece of the baroque period, Monteverdi also seemed like an unexpected and highly prolific musical event. In Combattimento: The Black Swan Theory, conductor Sébastien Daucé and stage director Silvia Costa have imagined a symbolic journey through some of the most powerful emotions in Italian baroque music, including laments, madrigals, arias and instrumental pieces composed by Monteverdi, Rossi, Cavalli and their contemporaries during one of the heights of the era. For the audience, the emotional force provides an occasion for powerful catharsis.

LIBRETTO of Combattimento: The black swan theory

Conductor: Sébastien Daucé

Stage Director & Set Designer: Silvia Costa

Costume Designer: Laura Dondoli

Lighting Designer: Bernd Purkrabek

Dramaturgy: Antonio Cuenca Ruiz

Staging Collaborator: Rosabel Huguet Dueñas

Set Collaborator: Maroussia Vaes

CAST: Valerio Contaldo, Lucile Richardot, Julie Roset, Etienne Bazola, Nicolas Brooymans, Caroline Weynants, Antonin Rondepierre, Blandine de Sansal & Justine Assaf-Hausfater with the Orchestra Ensemble Correspondances

PREMIERE on the 3rd of July and following shows on the 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 16th & 18 July at Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, Aix-en-Provence

© Monika Rittershaus

Vocal introduction about the piece (in French)