Il Giardino d′Amore (2017)


Il Giardino d’Amore is a contemporary dance staging of Italian baroque composer Alessandro Scarlatti’s eponymous early 18th century serenata based on the myth of Venus and Adonis. Meticulously set to the serenata’s lush musical score, choreography for the dancers portraying Venus and Adonis corresponds directly to its vocal lines written for soprano and castrato. Choreography for the dancers portraying Amore and other avian characters referred to in the work’s anonymously-written libretto corresponds to its various instrumental lines. Clad in fantastical prosthetic costumes, the mythic lovers and their entourage are portrayed as prehistoric beings existing outside the framework of a traditional gender binary. The work, with costumes by Andrew Jordan and lighting by Kathy Kaufmann, was commissioned by Danspace Project for première performances there from May 4th-6th, 2017.

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*This video is an excerpt from the complete work.


*This video is an excerpt from the complete work.


*This video is an excerpt from the complete work.


Original Cast:

AMORE: 
Gentry George

VENUS: 
Christiana Axelsen & Paul Singh

ADONIS: 
Andrew Champlin & Melissa Toogood

A NIGHTINGALE:
Caitlin Scranton

TWO BIRDS:
Kyle Gerry & Justin Lynch
 

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