On tour

Dido and Aeneas is the second collaboration between Blanca Li and William Christie, after the memorable production of Les Indes Galantes directed by Andrei Serban for the Paris Opera.

Blanca Li Dance Company and Les Arts Florissants are back again with a light, contemporary, yet bathed in tradition, version of this choreographic opera written by Henry Purcell in 1688.

Blanca Li has designed this musical, choreographic and artistic show, bringing together all performers, singers, chorus, dancers and musicians, in a unique and moving ensemble with an abstract, unpredictable set design created by visual artist, Evi Keller, combined with Caty Olive’s graphic lighting to open the space and create a powerful, aesthetic atmosphere.

The characters divide and multiply to create a score of intertwined lines between music and dance, expressing the unspoken words of the libretto. 

©Laurent Paillier

Song and dance are constantly intertwined, with the dancers naturally and gracefully blending with the chorus, singers and musicians. The dancers sometimes acts as the shadows of the soloists, embodying the feelings of the characters who have several bodies, each expressing themselves in their own way.

The chorus, dancers and musicians come together at times to become a unique body, symbolizing the collective power of fame and fate.

The staging is imbedded with fantasy and freedom, playing on the comic and tragic aspects of the libretto. The choreography that flows between the singers, dancers and

musicians is sinuous, supple, ethereal, athletic, full of ideas, imagery, humour, cheek and color, emphasized by the powerful lighting and staging.

She has freed herself from following the text’s storytelling to give herself leeway to emphasize the symbolism and power of emotions with fully contemporary images.


Few baroque operas have known such a destiny and have aroused so many emotions through the centuries. Composed by Purcell – who was also known as the  “Orpheus britannicus” – this absolute masterpiece of
of English Baroque music tells the story of the sincere but unhappy love affair
of Aeneas, the future founder of Rome, and Dido, Queen of Carthage.


Dido and Aeneas will be premiered in a ballet version – with music recorded from Les Arts Florissants – by the Compagnie Blanca Li from June of the 23-24 season. 

HENRY PURCELL (1659 – 1695)
Opera in three acts on a libretto by Nahum Tate, based on book IV of Virgil’s Aeneid, created in London in 1689.

Helen Charlston, Léa Desandre, Kathryn Lindsey Didon, Queen of Carthage
Ana Vieira Leite* Belinda, her confident
Renato Dolcini Enée, Prince of Troie, Magic woman
Maud Gnidzaz, Lauren Lodge Campbell First witch
Virginie Thomas second witch, second woman
Jacob Lawrence* Mariner
Michael Loughlin Smith A spirit
Clément Debieuvre*, Bastien Rimondi Ténor
Padraic Rowan, Victor Sicard Basse
Daniel Brant Ténor
Christophe Gautier Basse
*Soloists of Celestial Music

Alizée Duvernois, Coline Fayolle, Gael Rougegrez, Julien Marie-Anne, Meggie Isabet et Victor Virnot Dancers

Les Arts FlorissantsVocal Ensemble and Orchestra
William ChristieMusical direction, harpsichord and organ
Emmanuel Resche-Caserta Music Assistant, Violin

Augusta Lodge*, Tami Troman Violin
Sophie de Bardonneche Alto
Félix Knetch Cello
Hugo Abraham Double bass
Sébastien Marq Recording Flute
Pier Luigi Fabretti Oboe
Thomas Dunford, Diego Salamanca Bustamante Theorbe

Compagnie Blanca Li Dancers
Blanca Li Director and choreographer
assisted by Déborah Torres Garguilo et Glyslein Lefever
Pierre Attrait
Evi Keller Scenography creation from Matière-Lumière. Costume sculptures for solo singers
in collaboration with Laurent Mercier
Pascal Laajili
assisté de Jean-Luc Passarelli et Boris Pijetlovic
Laurent Mercier
assisted by Ghjulia Giusti Muselli
Chloé Bellemère
Assistant Scenographer

Capture made at l’Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles
from Aloys de Christen and Théophile Jubert

Editing Aloys de Christen


Show in English with French and English surtitles

Duration: 1h15 without intermission

Henry Purcell : Didon and Enea
Celestial Music Did The Gods Inspire, Z322

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The tour

The premiere of Dido and Aeneas directed by Blanca Li with the baroque orchestra Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie took place in Madrid in January 2023. Since then, the show has been performed at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne and at the Opéra Royal de Versailles. From June 17 to 22, 2023, it will be performed at the Liceu Barcelona in Barcelona.

The ballet version of the show, with recorded music from the opera Dido and Aeneas and with ten dancers, will be performed in Dijon at the beginning of June 2024 and then at the International Music and Dance Festival in Granada.


Dido and Enea by Blanca Li in pictures

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Thank you

Our partners


Compagnie Blanca Li (Calentito)

Les Arts Florissants – William Christie


Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles (France)

Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne (France)

Teatros del Canal Madrid (Espagne)

Gran Teatre del Liceu (Espagne)

With the support and participation of

Teatro Real de Madrid. 


The Compagnie Blanca Li performed the choreographic creation of the show in its dance studios at the Fiminco Foundation (Romainville, 93230).

Franco-Flemish harpsichord with two keyboards after the Ruckers-Taskin of the Museum of Music by Marc Ducornet and Emmanuel Danset (Paris) created in 2014 for Château de Versailles Spectacles

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