Morris himself played both Dido and the Sorceress in the first performances, demonstrating his performing prowess as well as striking a blow for sexual transference. After he stopped dancing, he assigned the dual role to a male and a female dancer for alternate performances. Without his stellar presence, the dual casting puts an anachronistic post-Freudian interpretation on the story. Dido as a closet villain doesn’t seem to occur to either Purcell or classical mythology.
On Wednesday in Boston, Amber Darragh played the Queen majestically and the Sorceress with malicious raunchiness. At one point she had to switch from one character to the other almost without leaving the stage, but I saw her transformation immediately.
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