Like no other music, Bach’s carries within itself movement and dance.— Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
During her 1980 stay in New York, when Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker was rehearsing her celebrated Violin Phase to the music of Steve Reich, the only other recording playing in the studio was Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. In those six concerti grossi, Bach deploys the instruments of the baroque orchestra in different, often audacious constellations. Thirty-five years later, the choreographer brings to them the largest forces she has ever worked with: sixteen dancers from different Rosas generations, along with the complete B’Rock baroque ensemble under Amandine Beyer. In her unique The Six Brandenburg Concertos, De Keersmaeker approaches Bach’s music as if it were a ready-made score for a dance piece and Bach’s polyphonic mastery is made flesh in a synthesis of all her choreographic brilliance.
ChoreographyANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER
MusicJohann Sebastian Bach, Brandenburgische Konzerte, BWV 1046–1051
Set and lighting designJAN VERSWEYVELD
Dramaturgy JAN VANDENHOUWE
Musical adviceKEES VAN HOUTEN
Created with and danced by
BOŠTJAN ANTONČIČ, LAV CRNČEVIĆ, JOSÉ PAULO DOS SANTOS, CARLOS GARBIN, FRANK GIZYCKI, MARIE GOUDOT, ROBIN HAGHI, CYNTHIA LOEMIJ, MARK LORIMER, MICHAËL POMERO, JASON RESPILIEUX, IGOR SHYSHKO, JAKUB TRUSZKOWSKI, THOMAS VANTUYCOM, SAMANTHA VAN WISSEN, SUE YEON YOUN & LOKI, THE DOG.
CoproductionDE MUNT / LA MONNAIE, B’ROCK ORCHESTRA, VOLKSBÜHNE (BERLIN), OPÉRA DE LILLE, OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS, SADLER’S WELLS (LONDON), LES THÉÂTRES DE LA VILLE DE LUXEMBOURG, CONCERTGEBOUW (BRUGGE), HOLLAND FESTIVAL (AMSTERDAM)
World premiere12 SEPTEMBER 2018, VOLKSBÜHNE (BERLIN)