Ensembles Discantus & Alla francesca
Centre de musique médiévale de Paris

The dancing madness (project)

New project 2019 - quartet + dancer

Between France and Germany, from the 14th to the 16th century, many episodes of "dancing madness" occured, with one of the most famous 500 years ago, in 1518, in Strasbourg.

Alla francesca gives life to these episodes with two women's voices, two wind instruments, two string instruments... playing with effects of doubles and mirrors, pacific union or virtuoso confrontations, alternating with more introspective moments.

Trance music, either speculative and macabre, or able to conjure the fate or to invoke the healing, bass-dances and other variations: there will cross surprises that we hope quite frightening...

The "show" version involves a dancer from contemporary dance in a situation of improvisation: the theme that makes light on the boundaries of normality lending itself particularly well to this type of work; a logical meeting...

Interpreted works

Virelai, ballad, rondeau, motet by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)
Songs of flagellants (Geisslerlieder noted by the priest Hugo Von Reutlingen)
Minnesänger songs (Heinrich von Meissen Frauenlob, Wislaw von Rügen)
Prayer and elegy in Hebrew, Yiddish songs...

Alla francesca

Brigitte Lesne / voice, harp, percussion
Pierre Hamon / pipe & tabor, bagpipes, recorders
Vivabiancaluna Biffi / voice, fiddle
Silke Gwendolyn Schulze / pipe & tabor, shawms, recorders

Alban Richard / improvised dance