Arts-Scène Diffusion

Il Festino

EARLY MUSIC

Proud Enemies

Proud Enemies

“I beg you, do not imprison either my mind or my reason…”

Equality between men and women is a modern Western concept. In the 17th century, the only way in which a woman could enjoy a degree of freedom was to belong to the aristocracy and, if possible, to be widowed. In a society where religion wielded real power over daily life, women were stigmatised by the notion that Eve was the source of original sin and so responsible not only for Adam’s fall but for that of humanity as a whole. Women were to atone for their wrong through pain and submissiveness, which they should accept with joy, since their salvation depended on it. Although women’s humanity, as opposed to their diabolical nature, was increasingly recognised, in the eyes of 17th-century intellectuals and philosophers they remained feeble creatures constantly in need, like children, of being kept on the straight and narrow – if necessary by violent means. Nevertheless, the picture was not entirely bleak, with many women (and a few men) beginning to insist upon an equality which, while not total, at least recognised that woman was not man’s inferior.

This programme is performed by an actor interpreting texts that are convoluted, irregular, astonishing, exuberant and bizarre, ranging from the virulent misogyny of Galien and La Bruyère to the defence of female freedom put forward by one of Cervantes’s characters. Lute, guitar and viol accompany a singer who enchants us with songs illustrating women’s place in 17th-century society.

 

Julien Cigana narrator
Dagmar Saskova vocal
Francisco Javier Manalich viola
Manuel de Grange lute, guitar & direction

Press

Jean-Stéphane Sourd Durand, BaroquiadeS, juillet 2018

Le subtil dosage entre récits, airs de cour, extraits d’opéras et pièces instrumentales confère au concert un caractère unique et précieux. Asseoir le spectacle sur un tel programme démontre indéniablement le talent et la qualité de l’ensemble Il Festino. Comme des révélateurs en photographie, les quatre artistes ont brillamment exposé la condition féminine de la femme au XVIIème siècle.
La poésie vocale (voix parlée et/ou chantée) et la richesse des œuvres instrumentales ont contribué, sans aucune flagornerie, à classer la prestation de l’Ensemble parmi les plus originales et inventives de l’édition 2018 du Festival de musique baroque et sacrée de Froville

Videos

Superbes ennemis / music only

 


Proud Enemies

“I beg you, do not imprison either my mind or my reason…”

Equality between men and women is a modern Western concept. In the 17th century, the only way in which a woman could enjoy a degree of freedom was to belong to the aristocracy and, if possible, to be widowed. In a society where religion wielded real power over daily life, women were stigmatised by the notion that Eve was the source of original sin and so responsible not only for Adam’s fall but for that of humanity as a whole. Women were to atone for their wrong through pain and submissiveness, which they should accept with joy, since their salvation depended on it. Although women’s humanity, as opposed to their diabolical nature, was increasingly recognised, in the eyes of 17th-century intellectuals and philosophers they remained feeble creatures constantly in need, like children, of being kept on the straight and narrow – if necessary by violent means. Nevertheless, the picture was not entirely bleak, with many women (and a few men) beginning to insist upon an equality which, while not total, at least recognised that woman was not man’s inferior.

 

This programme is performed by an actor interpreting texts that are convoluted, irregular, astonishing, exuberant and bizarre, ranging from the virulent misogyny of Galien and La Bruyère to the defence of female freedom put forward by one of Cervantes’s characters. Lute, guitar and viol accompany a singer who enchants us with songs illustrating women’s place in 17th-century society.

 

Julien Cigana narrator
Dagmar Saskova vocal
Francisco Javier Manalich viol 
Manuel de Grange lute, guitar, direction


Audio

Don Quixote

 


Aristote et Gallien

 


Fenélon

 


Lustucru

 


Folders

Proud Enemies
Proud Enemies

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