'The gift of silence: the function of silent time in acting and singing’

A two-day workshop for singers


Deda Cristina Colonna (it)

MARCH 19 - 20, 2016

A two-day workshop for singers with Deda Cristina Colonna, looking at how to develop awareness of silent time as an acting tool.

When: Saturday March 19 – Sunday March 20, 10.00-16.00

Where: KoncertKirken Blågård

What: Tutti sessions with exercises (1 or 2 depending on how many enroll) + Individual coaching on arias or soliloquies, with strong evidence on pauses and their expressive and structural function

- Listening to silence and the decision to speak or sing: time speaks
- Spoken/sung language and expressive pauses
- The function of punctuation in written language
- Expressive function of pauses in speech, or the relationship between intention, action and time
- ‘Art as imitation of nature’, or poetry as a combination of words, rhythm and affects
- Recitative and Aria, or some different representations of speech
- The recitative 'sleigh-dogs’, or how to be driven by rests
- Breaks, rests, moments of silence: the non-doing
- Gestures and actions on and across pauses: intention and timing

Repertoire: Arias, soliloquies, duets or scenes WITH CORRESPONDING RECITATIVE (repertoire c. 1600-1800)

Continuo: Harpsichord, organ, piano, 440/415 (pls bring 3 sets of music)

Fee: Active participants: 750 dkk for both days.
Passive participants: 100 dkk per day.

Registration and more info: Björn Ross,

Organised by Nordic Network for Early Opera in collaboration with Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival.
Held in conjunction with European Day of Early Music

Deda Cristina Colonna graduated in ballet from Civico Istituto Musicale Brera in Novara and Ecole Supérieure d’Etudes Chorégraphiques in Paris. She holds a degree in dance from the Sorbonne, where she specialised in Baroque Dance and Italian/French Renaissance Dance. She worked as a soloist and guest choreographer with The New York Baroque Dance Company.
She graduated from the Acting School of Teatro Stabile di Genova and she acted in various productions ranging from Shakespeare to Cechov and Genet, in Italy, France and Germany.
She choreographed the dances and the baroque gesturing of many operas and ballets, especially of the baroque and classical repertoire, working with directors as Pier Luigi Pizzi, (with whom she also worked ad assistant director: Tearo alla Scala, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro delle Muse- Ancona, Teatro Real – Madrid) Guido De Monticelli, Antonio Latella.
She has given regular courses or masterclasses in baroque dance and acting at Nuova Fabbrica dell'Opera Barocca in Novara, Ohio State University Department of Dance, Scuola Civica di Milano and numerous Conservatories in Italy and abroad.
Her research on baroque dance was published in the proceedings of numerous international conferences.
She is the Director of the Dance School of Civico Istituto Brera in Novara.
She has recently begun her career as a director-choreographer, staging original works like “Voluptas Dolendi I gesti del Caravaggio” (with Mara Galassi) and “Tetraktys, ovvero la prima età del mondo”, a new ballet inspired by Marivaux’s “La dispute” set to music by Haendel. She has directed and choreographed numerous operas from the baroque repertoire such as "Mulier Fortis" by J.B. Staut (University of Pavia/Cremona), "La serva scaltra" by J.A. Hasse (Teatro Coccia – Novara) , "Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria", "L'Orfeo" and “L’incoronazione di Poppea” by C. Monteverdi (Accademia Internazionale della Musica – Milano), "La liberazione di Ruggero dall'Isola di Alcina" by F. Caccini and "La Diana Schernita" by G. Cornacchioli (Teatro Jovellanos - Gijon, Spain), "The Fairy Queen" by H. Purcell and “Così fan tutte” by W.A. Mozart (Teatro Sociale di Como /As.Li.Co.), “Orfeo, a ba-rock opera” (XII Festival de Musica Antigua de Gijòn, Spain), “Euridice” by J. Peri (Teatro di Budrio), “ Ottone in villa” by A. Vivaldi (Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik) and “La Rappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo” by E. de’ Cavalieri (Nordic Network For Early Opera/Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival), “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” by C. Monteverdi at the Copenhagen Royal Theatre, “Il Giasone” by F. Cavalli at Drottningholm Slottsteater, Stockholm.  
In 2013 she staged “Il matrimonio segreto” by Cimarosa at Drottningholm Slottsteater in Stockholm and "Acis, Galatea and Polifemo" with Concerto Copenhagen as part of Copenhagen Opera Festival 2013.
In the summer of 2014 she directed Vivaldi's "Ottone in Villa", again with Concerto Copenhagen

This course is a organised by Nordic Network for Early Opera in collaboration with Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival on the occasion of The European Day of Early Music 2016.