Ballet in two acts
Live at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin
A production of Arthaus Musik in co-production with ZDF/3Sat


Caravaggio, born Michelangelo Merisi, has entered history due to his paintings of dramatic intensity. Caravaggio used to venture the threshold beyond the pale throughout his life. He was seen for admiration of his work and harsh opposition towards his extraordinary realism in painting human beings. Due to his passionate personality, he encountered more than several confl icts with people around him, sponsors, and the law. One of his foremost artistic twists was the extreme contrast between brightness and darkness, light and shadow.

Mauro Bigonzetti is one of the leading choreographers of the Italian ballet which freed itself from the predominance of mainly classical opera companies in the 80’s. He created his choreographies mainly for the Aterballetto in Reggio Emilia that helped him to fame and worldwide attention. “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.” Mauro Bigonzetti has developed the piece CARAVAGGIO in collaboration with the Staatsballett Berlin.


Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD + Blu ray)



Producer: Torsten Bönnhoff, Erwin Stürzer
Executive Producer: Oliver Becker
Directed for Screen by: Andreas Morell
Assistant Director: Sandra Peuthert
Cameras: Henning Brümmer, bvk, Karl-Heinz Nitschke, Winfried Hermann, Martin Baer, Annett Girschner, Tobias Albrecht, Jakobus Schneider
Sound: Peter Hecker
Editor: Janine Dauterich
Postproduction: Digital Images GmbH
Running Time: 90 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Year of production: 2008


Creative Team


Composer: Bruno Moretti after Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor: Paul Connelly
Light and Stage Design: Carlo Cerri
Costume Design: Kristopher Millar, Lois Swandale
Choreography: Mauro Bigonzetti
Ballet Master: Christine Camillo, Tomas Karlborg
Soloists: Cladimir Malakhov, Polina Semionova, Beatrice Knop, Mikhail Kaniskin, Dmitry Semionov, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, Shoko Nakamura, Michael Banzhaf, Leonard Jakovina
Dance Company: Staatsballett Berlin
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin