Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 is an extensive collection of ecclesiastical music. The performance is a gathering of three dancers, six singers, an orchestra and the audience in the cathedral-like space of the Pannuhalli.
The music of the Vespers consists of variations of ancient psalm melodies and radiating Renaissance polyphony, but also of intimate songs that seek to move the listeners internally. Also on stage there is a flux between sublime monumentality and personal everyday emotions.
The choreography of the performance is guided by the notion of singing and playing a musical instrument as a dance, and of music as a power that affects the spectators’ bodies directly. Maria-vesper invites the audience to slow down and to become entranced by the melodies that vibrate, lull and flow through the bodies of everyone present.
Anna Mustonen's and Marianna Henriksson's collaboration and exploration of Early Baroque music and contemporary dance started with their previous work Di anima et di corpo, and continues with the performances of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, a work not regularly performed live in Finland. What kinds of collective moments of listening, dance and bodily experience will it evoke now – over 400 years after its publication?
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Choreography Anna Mustonen
Musical director, harpsichord Marianna Henriksson
Hanna Ahti, Anna Kupari, Eleni Pierides;
sopranos Tuuli Lindeberg, Sirkku Rintamäki;
alto Teppo Lampela;
tenors Taavi Oramo, Juho Punkeri;
bass Jussi Lehtipuu
& Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Costume design Piia Rinne
Lighting design Heikki Paasonen
Dramaturgy Masi Tiitta
Producer Riikka Thitz
Production Zodiak - Center for New Dance, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Anna Mustonen & Marianna Henriksson
Photos Kristiina Männikkö
The work has been supported by Arts Promotions Centre Finland, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Regional Dance Centre of Ostrobothnia
In collaboration with Villisilkki
Pre-talk on Apr 21 at 18 15–18:45
Post-performance discussion on Apr 22.
Duration 90 min