After the recent performances of Tondal’s Vision at the Edinburgh International Festival, Dialogos has been awarded on August 29th an "Edinburgh Herald Angel Award", celebrating and rewarding the best of the festival’s performers.
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Tondal's Vision, the story of an unconscious man whose soul quits his body, was one of the most popular visionary stories of the 12th century, like a premeditation for Dante's Divina Commedia. In this mysterious text, the soul – visiting hell guided by the voice of an unknown angel – gets lost on narrow paths and crosses bridges in darkness before returning to its body. This sojourn on the other side of death, which seems endless to Tondal, lasts clinically only the time of the winking of an eye, and it faces us with the strange question that Tondal constantly repeats to the angel: 'For how long a time was I dead?'. The Croatian collection Vartal, written in the 16th century for a female Benedictine community on the Dalmatian coast, is a very faithful translation of this vision.
We hear very dissonant Glagolitic polyphony in the context of much softer repertoires from the south of Dalmatia, Gregorian melodies and latin polyphony coming from the localities where Tondal's Vision was translated and performed. A staging by Sanda Hržić, in collaboration with Yoshi Oida (one of Peter Brook's principal actors), puts the Vision in a new context where faces and music contribute to create very pure and expressive images.
This programme was first performed at the Utrecht festival in 2002 and was recorded for the label Arcana. It received the prestigious award Diapason d'or de l'année 2004. The inherently 'multi-lingual' character of medieval Croatian music and language allows us to wonder about the conventional distinctions that arbitrarily separate medieval, traditional and contemporary music.
Programme with super-titles
Voices: Marie Barenton, Laura Gordiani, Katarina Livljanić, Lucia Nigohossian, Sandrah Silvio, Sylvie Špehar Vučić / Aino Lund Lavoipierre
Staging: Sanda Herzic
Artistic advisor: Yoshi Oida
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Zač noge tvoje sada u tanci ne igraju ?
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In a reinvented musical language, between plain-chant, readings, traditional melodies and simple polyphonies (full of unexpected intervals), seven singers with superb voices and a rare commitment, carry us on a visionary voyage through time and space… to the other-side. Remarquable!
19 October 2013, 8 pm
Les Dominicains de Haute Alsace, France
7 November 2013, 8 pm
De Bijloke, Gent, Belgium
15 December 2013, 5 pm
Forum Alte Musik Köln, Germany
From 22nd to 25th of January
Workshops with primary and secondary pupils from Gonesse (Val-d'Oise). Exploration of medieval culture and practice of liturgical chant.
From 17th of Januay to 2nd of February
Workshop with secondary pupils from Viarmes (Val-d'Oise), concluded by a show. Discovery of Paris cultural richness in the Middle-Ages.
14th and 15th of February, 2.30 pm
Auditorium de Coulanges, Gonesse
Program « Barlaam & Josaphat », concerts intended to youngsters
15th of February, 8.30 pm
Auditorium de Coulanges, Gonesse
Before the « Barlaam & Josaphat » concert, the non-professional choir of Gonesse will present some pieces it worked with two singers of Dialogos.