Toccata e Fuga

Sunday July 21st - 5 pm / Cinema of Valloire

Monday July 22nd - 3 pm / Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, Espace Culturel Le Savoie

Corpus Fantasticus

by Toccata e Fuga

Designed to appeal to a wide audience, the Corpus Fantasticus show brings together circus arts and Baroque music. The musical works take on a new dimension as the alchemy of the encounter transmutes the ordinary into the spectacular. The shimmering tones of the period instruments sublimate the acrobatic swirls that set the bodies into play and motion.

The human feelings depicted are thus magnified as the quartet and the duet of acrobats engage in a continuous dialogue. Two expressions of aesthetics reputedly poles apart naturally come together and make perfect sense in our eclectic times. The performance opens up a fantastic, many-faceted universe that allows spectators to choose the door through which they each wish to enter.

Toccata e Fuga

A flexible musical ensemble, Toccata e Fuga was born of the meeting between musicians from ensembles specialising in playing on period instruments. The team is keen to combine Baroque music with other artistic disciplines in order to build bridges between various arts. With this in mind, they set about creating Corpus Fantasticus for the Festival Valloire baroque.

Gilone Gaubert, concertmaster of the Talens lyriques for many years, leads her accomplices in this original programme she has arranged, with Mathilde Horcholle on traverso (Ma Non Troppo, les Renaissants…), Keiko Gomi on cello (la Fenice, Le Poème Harmonique, les Récréations…), Gustavo Martinez on Baroque guitar and theorbo (Ensemble Zelenka, l’Académie du Concert de Lyon…).

In collaboration with an acrobatic duo from Costa Rica, Toccata e Fuga explores the emotional spectrum of a duo of characters portrayed in their everyday lives. Now tightrope walkers, now jugglers, they have more than one trick up their sleeve to enliven their dreary day, transcending an ordinary environment with fantastic bodies… A poetic and spectacular moment to be shared with the whole family!  

Both of Costa Rican origin, David Montenegro and Daira Serrano have elected aerial acrobatics as their distinctive discipline, with a marked emphasis on music. They are currently undergoing professional training at the Centre Régional des Arts du Cirque in Chambéry. They took part in the festival du Cirque Actuel in Auch as part of the Fédération Française des Ecoles de Cirque, as well as several events in Savoie, such as the Estivales de Château in Chambéry. They were part of the Les Métamorphoses project by the company Les Insectes and the Metallophone, a composition by Bastien David for the Bel Air Claviers Festival.


Pieces by Eccles, Purcell, Bach, Corelli, Telemann, Rameau and Piazzola.


Mathilde Horcholle, traverso

Gilone Gaubert, violin

Keiko Gomi, cello

Gustavo Martinez, baroque guitar, lute, theorbo

David Montenegro and Daira Serrano, duet lifts and acrobatics

Technician, Olivier Geoffroy

The educational initiatives of the Festival Valloire baroque

As part of its educational activities, the Festival is developing a partnership with the ensemble Toccata e Fuga, centred on the Corpus Fantasticus show.

On the morning of Monday July 22nd, around fifteen children from leisure centres in Valloire and the Maurienne valley, as well as residents of nursing homes and other interested audiences such as pupils from the Saint-Michel de Maurienne music school, will take part in circus arts and music workshops with the artists from the Corpus Fantasticus show.

In the afternoon, the artists will perform the show at 3pm at l’Espace Le Savoie in Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, in immersive mode, i.e. the audiences who have taken part in the workshops will be “immersed” in the show. Through the workshops and the show, the project aims to develop children’s and elderly people’s sensitivity to music and the circus arts, all the while making them aware of the possible bridges between distant artistic and cultural imaginations.

The educational activities of the Festival Valloire baroque are supported by the Caisse d’Épargne Rhône-Alpes.

The Caisse d’Épargne Rhône-Alpes, a regional cooperative bank, is committed to promoting access to culture for all. A long-standing patron of the Festival Valloire baroque, it specifically supports a concert aimed at young audiences and residents of retirement homes in the Maurienne valley.