the medieval/contemporary as dance/opera

Tonight one was allowed to follow on TV (arte) through the piece Foi (Faith) by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui a performance piece that is the result of a collective collaboration involving dancers and music played live on stage.

It is a collaboration between Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui of Les Ballets C. de la B. and Dirk Snellings of Capilla Flamenca that brings together a musical line that follows mainly mediaeval expressions and comes from the 14th century Ars Nova – described as

music, which has survived the centuries by means of written scores, is brought face to face with the oral tradition of old village songs. Two ways of withstandingtime and new trends, two ways of surviving. The connection with faith and myth (the passing down of holy scriptures and legends) is easy to make; what did you learn from your parents, what have you heard people tell, what have you read? What do you still believe? Why do you still believe? What do you want to survive or be passed down? Are you convinced of this? (link)

.. with movements that emerge from a language of its own ranging without restriction between recent and traditional:
.. an interesting eclectic experience in combinations of expressions, styles, .. developing an idiosyncratic language according to the mixture of themes and thus evoking very appropriate impressions of feelings/assoziations for the contemporary …

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