Handel's Treasures - Music in Dialogue
Terpsichore - Muse of Dance - A programme all about the dancer Marie Sallé with ballet music from G. F. Handel's operas "Alcina", "Ariodante" and "Floridante", among others
Performers: Laura Busquets Garro (dance), Thomas Ernert (oboe), Birgit Schnurpfeil, Henriette Auracher (violins), Johannes Hartmann (violoncello), Bernhard Prokein (viola and harpsichord), Ivo Nitschke (percussion)
Discussion partner: Dr. Konstanze Musketa (Stiftung Händel-Haus)
The special exhibit: "The dancer and choreographer Marie Sallé" (c. 1707-1756), coloured lithograph by Hippolyte Pauquet, 1862, after Nicolas Lancret, 1730 - Händel-Haus Foundation BS-III 822
The programme revolves around the dancer Marie Sallé. The dancer and choreographer Marie Sallé revolutionised French ballet during the Baroque period by breaking up the rigidly formal figures and infusing them with the liveliness of pantomime. Her strength was emotive expression, which seduced Parisian and London audiences and at the same time became the subject of heated debate and hostility. Her collaboration with G. F. Handel began at the age of ten in the opera "Rinaldo" and continued in the opera "Alcina", in which she danced the role of Cupido. Despite or perhaps because of her controversial persona, Marie Sallé went down in history as the grande dame of French ballet.