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Ensemble Dialogos       

Katarina Livljanić




SWITHUN!  
One saint, three Furies and a thousand miracles 
Early Medieval Polyphony from Winchester (10th - 11th c)

A cappella programme for 4 female voices 
with subtitles

Katarina Livljanic, 
Direction, musical reconstruction

Clara Coutouly
Marine Dautrey
Caroline Gesret
Katarina Livljanic
voice

YouTube Video

Excerpts from the premier of Swithun!
co-production with the Royaumont Foundation, 2013
 
Through the voice of Wulfstan the Cantor, 
Swithun! follows the path of a penitent man 
haunted by his visionary or terrifying dreams, 
trying to escape from three raging Furies, 
wild like wolves, and finally finding salvation 
from Swithun, saint of all miracles. 

Swithun! is available in USA & Canada
 November 2015




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Heretical Angels 
with Ensemble Kantaduri
rituals & popular belief in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Middle Ages

available October 2015

1 female soloist, 4 traditional cantors from Croatia, 1 epic singer from Bosnia
(voice, gusle, dipole, dvojnice), 2 musicians (fiddle, rebec, flutes)
Staged Program with Surtitles




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Judith  
a biblical history from Renaissance Croatia
Sanda Herzic, Stage director

1 female soloist singer + 2 musicians 
(fiddle, lirica - flutes-dvojnice) 
staged with surtitles



YouTube Video

Judith 


"It takes an eloquent artist and a patient scholar to recruit and arrange the relics of a truly distant past in a way that creates a work capable of enthralling modern listeners.The resulting piece is a mesmerizing and at times hauntingly beautiful work, with Livljanic's pure-toned voice at its core."
        
      The Boston Globe - Boston Early Music Festival, 2009
 
 
"Ms. Livljanic enacted the ancient drama with splendidly pure singing in Croatian, urgent narration, a penetrating gaze and expressive hands."
    The New York Times - White Light Festival, Lincoln Center, 2010  




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Barlaam & Josaphat
a Christianized version of the life of Buddha 

1 female soloist singer + 2 musicians 
(fiddle, rebec - flutes-harp)
Program with surtitles 




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Biography


Since its foundation in 1997, Dialogos, the vocal ensemble directed and created by Katarina Livljanic, has emerged as one of the most outstanding and original medieval music ensembles of the new generation. The ensemble’s projects link new musicological research with an innovative approach to medieval music performance, a theatrical dimension, and an expressive musicality. Dialogos is composed of women’s or men’s vocal ensembles, depending on each specific project. Since its first projects Dialogos has been acclaimed by critics (in journals such as Le Monde, Le Figaro, Diapason, The New York Times...) and has toured in most European countries, in the USA, Canada, North Africa and Latin America, in all the major early music festivals (Saintes, Utrecht, Ambronay, Royal Festival Hall of London, Metropolitain Museum and Lincoln Center in New York, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Quinçena Musical de San Sebastián, Festival de Música Antigua de Barcelona, Edinburgh International Festival...),including radio and television broadcasts.

Their CDs Terra Adriatica (released on the Empreinte digitale label), Lombards & Barbares and La Vision de Tondal (released on the Arcana label), Chant Wars (a coproduction with the ensemble Sequentia, released on the Sony-BMG label) have received press distinctions in international music magazines, including Diapason d’or, Choc du Monde de la musique, Goldberg 5 stars.

Mécénat Musical Société Générale is the principal sponsor of the ensemble Dialogos. Dialogos also receives subsidies from the DRAC Ile-de-France - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. Dialogos is ensemble-in-residence at the Fondation Royaumont (2011-2014).