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The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Pavel Kolesnikov / Alain Franco, Rosas

This is my dance golden jubilee— Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

In his Goldberg Variations, Bach presents an interplay of variations, canons, and fugues that transform a simple, modest melody into an extraordinarily multifaceted musical cosmos. Together with the pianists Pavel Kolesnikov and Alain Franco, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker uses Bach’s score as the blueprint for a similar exercise: exploring a form that is constantly changing. The large forces of her The Six Brandenburg Concertos are here reduced to a single soloist, the choreographer herself, who draws on her choreographic archives – with movement quotations from iconic works such as Fase, Bartók, and Drumming – while improvisation also permits the unpredictable.

The work, created around the time of her sixtieth birthday, marks a new, very personal milestone in De Keersmaeker’s ongoing search for her own choreographic idiom.


Choreography and dance Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Music Goldberg-Variationen, BWV 988 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Piano Pavel Kolesnikov / Alain Franco
Set and lighting design Minna Tiikkainen

Production RosasCo-production Wiener Festwochen, Concertgebouw (Brugge), La Monnaie / De Munt, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Internationaal Theater Amsterdam / Julidans, Sadler’s Wells (London), Montpellier Danse

World première 26.8.2020, Wiener Festwochen

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