Presented Upstairs of PS122
Part of COIL 2011
Ouverture Alcina is a vocal performance based on the figure of the sorceress Alcina from Ludovico Ariosto's renaissance poem Orlando furioso. It is a fight between the power of the voice and of music, a deep and surprising alchemy that draws the figure of the sorceress, wounded by love, in her iconic immobility. No action, no spectacle, just a ghost that howls an untreatable pain. The "canto" in Romagnol dialect (the dialect from Romagna, a region in the North of Italy), an "ultra-local" harsh and archaic language, makes a strongpoint of its incommunicability and objective music.