During her 1980 stay in New York, in which Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker first rehearsed her celebrated Violin Phase to the music of Steve Reich, the only other recording playing in the studio was Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. ‘Like no other music, Bach’s carries within itself movement and dance, managing to combine the greatest abstraction with a concrete, physical and, subsequently, even transcendental dimension.’ In his six concerti grossi, Bach deploys the instruments of the baroque orchestra in different, often audacious constellations. Against this backdrop, De Keersmaeker presents sixteen dancers of different Rosas generations. Following the premiere of Mitten wir im Leben sind/ Bach6cellosuiten De Keersmaeker approaches, as in Vortex Temporum (2013), Bach’s music as if it were a ready-made score for a dance piece, embodying Bach’s polyphonic mastery. The concertos are played live by the baroque ensemble B’Rock. The violinist Amandine Beyer, with whom De Keersmaeker previously cooperated on Partita 2, will conduct the orchestra.
- Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburgische Konzerte, BWV.1046-1051
ChoreographyANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER
Scenography and lightingJAN VERSWEYVELD
Created and danced by
BOŠTJAN ANTONČIČ, CARLOS GARBIN, FRANK GIZYCKI, MARIE GOUDOT, ROBIN HAGHI, CYNTHIA LOEMIJ, MARK LORIMER, MICHAËL POMERO, JASON RESPILIEUX, IGOR SHYSHKO, LUKA ŠVAJDA, JAKUB TRUSZKOWSKI, THOMAS VANTUYCOM, SAMANTHA VAN WISSEN, SANDY WILLIAMS, SUE YEON YOUN
Co-productionDE 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)