Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater

Written by on 26th Oct 2020


30th Nov 2020

Cape Town Opera in collaboration with kykNET, Cape Town City Ballet, Camerata Tinta Barocca and Wyrd Films presents Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.

Choreographed by Mthuthuzeli November.

A collaboration between Cape Town Opera, kykNET, Camerata Tinta Barocca, Cape Town City Ballet and Wyrd Films which provides an emotional and artistic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, conceptualized specifically for filming and digital dissemination.

The text reflects on the suffering of Mary at the Crucifixion, and Pergolesi’s compact setting provides the jumping-off-point for our reflection on grief caused by this pandemic, and social and spatial alienation arriving in its wake. Two CTO Young Artist singers will be joined by six dancers, accompanied by a baroque orchestra, creating a choreographed staging within the realities of social/physical distancing. The piece will be abridged to 23 minutes for potential television broadcast. CTCB has approached young London-based South African choreographer Mthuthuzeli November to choreograph. Thanks to the City of Cape Town and the Rupert Music Foundation for their support of this project.

Available for view here

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