Burlesque disguises and tricks of all kinds, nothing is missing from "Livietta Livietto". After having delivered the major work of "Stabat Mater" by Pergolesi by combining dance and circus, Les Nouveaux Caractères embark on a new journey with this original creation.
This time they chose the opera bouffe interlude "Livietta e Tracollo" by the same great composer and invented a story in which two clowns are parachuted into the world of baroque music. The confrontation stings, makes sparks, casually questions freedom of expression and gender, only to end with an operatic fanfare. Available on stage from the 2022 season, this show is an experience that leaves no one indifferent, starting with those who play in it...!
Livietta decides to hunt down and destroy Tracollo, an attractive brigand on whom she wants to exact her revenge, on the pretext that he stole from and seriously injured her brother. To trap him, she disguises herself as a French nobleman while he transforms himself into a female beggar to escape unharmed. Each of the two protagonists use tricks to get rid of the other one in a hilarious game of double cross-dressing. The intervention of two clowns does nothing to help an already complicated situation. Yet it is they who will find the key to the happy ending!
“an undeniable energy during an hour full of pirouettes and digressions. " The Dauphine
“You will know why the audience was still smiling when they left the room” Baronne Samedi
“The core of our creation Livietta e Tracollo is a comedic interlude that one could almost qualify as an operetta. It refers to fairground music or Commedia dell Arte of Italian origin as an inspiration, a stage art where the improvising performer respectfully plays with the framework set by the author-composer." Sébastien d'Hérin, conductor
"Traditionally marginal, the clowns echo the insolent and mischievous music of Pergolesi. In their naive language we find the stakes of power under the laughter, the nostalgia, and under the amorous intrigues. Thus the disguising of oneself, the inverting of roles, sexes, social hierarchies and the blurring of the boundaries between reality and imagination. From ancient rituals to queer performers and the fashion of castrati, this whimsical art shakes our traditions." Caroline Mutel - Director