Castrati
WORLD PREMIERE 2011 
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
David van Bouwel Nicola Antonio Porpora Friedrich Handel
25 minutes
The Wilma Theater
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Castrati reflects on the phenomena of the castrated singers during the 16th-18th century in Spain and Italy. Utterly fascinated by the fate of these men who were maimed in the name of art, Ochoa sets her cast in the atmosphere of a science lab where the public can observe the seven last living castrati. The performers are aware that they’re being watched and scrutinized, which gives them a feeling of uneasyness and anguish, but performing is their only purpose. During the creation process, the question that arose in the mind of the choreographer is: aren’t dancers also in some sort of way maiming themselves in the name of art in order to entertain the public?

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“The last section, set to music by Handel, is particularly stunning, with the company’s beautiful modern-classical line complementing the baroque music.”
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

“Aviad Arik Herman sheathed the cast in gorgeous gold lamé with swingy lace jackets and half masks reminiscent of those found in Persian-era Kalmakareh caves.”
BROAD STREET REVIEW

“Ochoa’s choreographic schema — an imagined gathering of the seven last castrati — captured their surgically induced, marionette-like movement with vivid poignancy.”
BROAD STREET REVIEW
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