Le Quintuor des Nègres, encore - Drawing made by Carla Zaccagnini based on the original Quintuor des Nègres titel page from the book Collection Complete des oeuvres de Johann Nepomuk Hummel, published by Farrenc, Paris, 1825

31.05.2014 | 12pm, Haus am Waldsee

Le Quintuor des Nègres, encore

Carla Zaccagnini in collaboration with Theodor Köhler, Ayara Hernández Holz & Felix Marchand

Ballet and concert


Departing from an inquiry about the reflections on late-eighteenth-century expeditions found in the music of that time, Carla Zaccagnini decided to bring back to life Quintuor des Nègres (1809), a scene from the ballet by Johann Nepomuk Hummel based on Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’s Rousseaunian novel Paul et Virginie, of which only the piano reduction has survived. For this, Zaccagnini invited composer Theodor Köhler to adapt an instrumentation for string quartet, which is performed by the Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin on period instruments; choreographers Ayara Hernández Holz and Felix Marchand were also invited to conceive a dance piece that will be performed by Marchand in the garden of the Haus am Waldsee.


Haus am Waldsee, Argentinische Allee 30, 14163 Berlin

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