A theatrical UFO. From November 10 to 13, the Théâtre de Caen brings back to life “Cupid and Death”, a baroque musical work, the quintessence of English humor, without limits and without borders.
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In this month of November, the Théâtre de Caen meets at English time. Cupid and death is a “mask”, a theatrical fantasy written by James Shirley and set to music by Christopher Gibbons and Matthew Locke in the 17th century. An artistic UFO that the musician Sébastien Daucé and the directors Jos Houben and Emily Wilson have decided to resuscitate. From November 10 to 13 in Caen then on tour in France and Belgium.
“What you’re going to see tonight is a piece of music, but it’s not opera. There will be spoken text, but it is not theater. It is an object. “On stage, one of the actors warns the spectators. The play they are going to attend is an unidentified artistic object. Neither opera nor play, a frenzied masquerade and unbridled humor, the whole thing. against a background of baroque music. The “mask” or “mask” in French is a very popular theatrical genre in the 17th century. Mixing dance, comedy, singing and sometimes even pyrotechnics, it is the very essence of the total spectacle. that Sébastien Daucé, a musician in love with the baroque and a great finder of forgotten works, wished to resuscitate.
After The Royal Ballet of the Night (2016), Cupid and death is the second creation of the harpsichordist and his musical ensemble Correspondence at the Théâtre de Caen, where they have been in residence for 5 years. Supported by the duo Jos Houben and Emily Wilson as the director, Sébastien Daucé was keen to present to the public this forgotten work by the British poet and playwright James Shirley: “The mask is above all a comedy, generally very whimsical with a very English humor and the music and the dance that fit into it. I find that, while it is a very old genre that has disappeared, when on the revives in the 21st century, it takes on a very special flavor “.
A very particular flavor that we undoubtedly owe to the total freedom left by the directors to the actors and musicians. On stage, everyone walks together, in a joyful disorder to tell the misadventures of Cupid and Death whose arrows have been exchanged. The lovers fall dead as for the sworn enemies, they embrace, suddenly struck with love. A sung and spoken fantasy that the Monty Python, other famous ambassadors of English humor, would not have denied.
Cupid and death to Caen Theater from November 10 to 13 then on tour in France and Belgium from November 18.