Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s dramatic and powerful new production Clorinda Agonistes – Clorinda The Warrior will be touring this summer and autumn. Inspired by the heroine of Claudio Monteverdi’s celebrated work Il Combattimento, the proud and fiery Muslim warrior Clorinda who defiantly refuses to reveal her name, Clorinda Agonistes weaves contemporary dance, film, and baroque and new music to create a story that explores violence, resilience and revelation across the boundaries of culture and time.
In Shobana Jeyasingh’s bold and surprising retelling of Clorinda’s story, Monteverdi’s heroine not only fights Tancredi the crusading knight (who falls in love with her across enemy lines) but also becomes the standard bearer for women who reveal themselves in new and powerful ways in times of conflict. The baroque beauty of Monteverdi’s score gives way to music by the celebrated Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, whose thrilling score includes Dabke rhythms and the haunting voice of Syrian soprano Dima Orsho.
The cast includes Jonathan Goddard and rising star dancer Jemima Brown as Clorinda, with live music sung by renowned tenor Ed Lyon and conducted by Robert Hollingworth, founder and director of the renowned voice ensemble I Fagiolini.
Tickets are on sale now for the World Premiere at Grange Festival, Hampshire, and our autumn dates have just been announced.
The Grange Festival – 13 and 14 July 2022 – Tickets on Sale here
Sadler’s Wells – 9 and 10 September 2022 – Tickets on Sale here
Snape Maltings – 8 October 2022 – Tickets on Sale soon
The Lowry – 18 and 19 October 2022 – Tickets on Sale here
Oxford Playhouse – 15 and 16 November 2022 – Tickets on Sale here