Clark Broadcasts Ballet in HD; Italian Composers and Choreographers Highlight Life of Painter Caravaggio

For Immediate Release

October 02, 2012

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Williamstown, MA—On Sunday, October 14 at 1 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s Ballet in HD series continues with a broadcast of Moretti and Monteverdi’s Caravaggio, performed by the Staatsballett Berlin and recorded live at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The performance stars Vladimir Malakhov, Polina Semionova, and Beatrice Knop.

Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti sets his ballet to a modern composition by Bruno Moretti inspired by sixteenth-century Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi. The ballet tells the story of Monteverdi’s contemporary, Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, who was both admired and condemned for his extraordinary realism in painting human beings. Due to his passionate personality, he encountered many conflicts with people around him, with his sponsors, and with the law. Reflecting Caravaggio’s reputation as a master of chiaroscuro, the ballet makes effective use of the contrast between light and dark as the dancers explore the artist’s life and work.

Bigonzetti, recognized as one of the leading choreographers of modern Italian ballet, has said, “When I think of Caravaggio, I think of the artist and the human being at the same time. These are the two sides of the human existence that interest me in particular. The relations of these two worlds are the inspiration for this work: the inner world on the one hand – and how it evolves artistically on the other.”

Tickets are $15 ($13 for members and students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0524.

About the Clark

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The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

Amanda Powers
The Clark
413 458 0471



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