Napoli is an intense story of love, passion and fiery Latin sentiment. We meet the young lovers, Teresina and Gennaro, who must suffer a great ordeal before they can finally live happily ever after. Leaving the commotion and merriment of the fishing town of Naples behind, they reach the dark, demonic Blue Grotto. But their love overcomes even the greatest of trials and temptations. Indeed, light prevails over darkness in the best tradition of Romanticism.
Loyal to the original narrative, the choreographers nonetheless flex their artistic license and move the story forward to Italy of the 1950s, not least drawing inspiration from the movies of Federico Fellini that portray the rough and tumble of Italian urban life. You can almost smell the garlic and hear the catcalls from the boys – and sense the bustle of hustlers, prostitutes and pickpockets. This time there will be new costumes and new staging of the third act.
Napoli is one of August Bournonville’s major works and among the most influential ballets in international theatre literature.
Choreography: Sorella Englund og Nikolaj Hübbe, after August Bournonville
Music: Edvard Helsted • H.S. Paulli • H.C. Lumbye • Louise Alenius
Set and costume design: Maya Ravn
Lighting design: Mikki Kunttu
Conductor: Dieter Rossberg
The Royal Danish Orchestra
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