Castrati
WORLD PREMIERE 2011 
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
David van Bouwel Nicola Antonio Porpora Friedrich Handel
25 minutes
The Wilma Theater

Castrati reflects on the phenomena of the castrated singers during the 16th-18th century in Spain and Italy. Utterly fascinated by the fate of these men who were maimed in the name of art, Ochoa sets her cast in the atmosphere of a science lab where the public can observe the seven last living castrati. The performers are aware that they’re being watched and scrutinized, which gives them a feeling of uneasyness and anguish, but performing is their only purpose. During the creation process, the question that arose in the mind of the choreographer is: aren’t dancers also in some sort of way maiming themselves in the name of art in order to entertain the public?

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"...a tour de force contribution from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa — a rare blend of theater and dance that explored the Baroque practice of castrating male singers in order to attain the desired soprano voice."
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"...morbidly sad, yet freakishly beautiful..."
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