Sunday 25 September
A Gift for Eleonora
A rare opportunity to see a live performance in the Victorian Theatre.
A Gift for Eleonora is an original performance installation that has been adapted to respond to Chatsworth for Art Out Loud 2016. The work is based on the life of the remarkable Eleonora di Toledo (1522-1562), who became the first Duchess of Florence when she married Cosimo I de’Medici. Her world revolved around fashion, textiles and trade. A shrewd businesswoman and patron of the arts, she was living in Renaissance Italy at the same time as Bess of Hardwick was building at Chatsworth.
In a vibrant performance by Alison Oddey, Italy, the Grand Tour and the Renaissance will be brought to Chatsworth through the spoken word and contemporary interpretations of period costume and music (played live by a saxophonist). We will learn about the links between the Cavendish and Medici families, strong women, and the politics of art.
Professor Alison Oddey – writer, performer, director (Professor of Visual Culture and Contemporary Performance, University of Derby)
Professor Chris White – designer, performer, director, production (Head of Department of Media and Performance Arts, University of Derby)
Nick Sorensen- composer and musician