BORN ON THE MOON
«Madeleine Dring was born on the Moon and can therefore claim to be a purebred lunatic. Arriving on a speck of cosmic dust she came face to face with the human race and has never really recovered.»
Despite this quotation from one of her notebooks, Madeleine Dring was not born on the Moon. She was born in 1923 in London, where she also died in 1977.
Her eclectic talent was undeniable: composer, singer, pianist, actress, writer, cartoonist, she loved the theatre passionately and wrote music for stage, film, radio, television, ballet and cabaret, often performing her own works.
The multimedia project Zodiac - art, music and poetry is based on a composition of Karlheinz Stockhausen: Tierkreis (12 Melodies of the Star Signs). Tierkreis was written in 1975, and it's a cycle of 12 short pieces, one for each star sign. Each melody applies the characteristics of the star signs to the music, following the ancient belief that the position of each planet at the precise date and time of people's birth, give it a specific influence over their lives.
In Ecoensemble's version of Tierkreis, the music is combined with the wonderful images from the Sala dei Mesi (Room of the Months) of the Schifanoia Palace in Ferrara, frescoed by painters of the 15th Century, and with Stockhausen's poems on Zodiac.
HISTOIRE DE BILITIS
Histoire de Bilitis tells us the story of an imaginary ancient Greek woman poet, Bilitis, loosely based on the Chansons de Bilitis, a collection of poems written by the French poet Pierre Louÿs, and published in 1895 as translations from the ancient Greek.
Accompanied by the original images created by the great Art Deco illustrator George Barbier, and following the archeologist-narrator's voice, we will go beyond the tomb, discovering the story of Bilitis, as told by herself.
The music of Claude Debussy, contemporary and friend of Pierre Louÿs, lies at the very heart of the performance. An arrangement of Debussy's stage music for the Chansons de Bilitis has been written especially for this project. The musical arabesque recall the long hair of the young Bilitis, illusory, seductive and mysterious like her own life.