Libretto of the first ballet composed by Francesca Caccini, in which she and Artemisia Gentileschi performed as dancers
Ballo delle Zingare, rapresentato in Firenze nel teatro dell’Altezza Serenissima di Toscana nel carnouale dell’anno 1614
Florence, Zanobi Pignoni, 1614
The Ballo delle Zingare (Dance of the Gypsies) was a costumed festa da ballo performed on 24 February 1614 (stile fiorentino) in the Salone delle Commedie of the Palazzo Pitti for the entertainment of Grand Duke Cosimo II and his wife Maria Maddalena d’Austria. The occasion was the marriage of Maddalena’s lady-in-waiting, Sofia “Todesca” Binestan, to Cavaliere Cosimo da Castiglione, “provveditore di Livorno”. The singer-composer Francesca Caccini (1587-after 1641) composed music (now lost) to Saracinelli’s text and Agnolo Ricci’s choreography, and Giulio Parigi designed the sets.