(c) Anne Van Aerschot
Wed 20.03 - Thu 21.03

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Amandine Beyer / Rosas & B’Rock Orchestra

De zes Brandenburgse Concerten
Wed 20.03
Thu 21.03
  • Wed 20.03
    20:00 - 22:00
    Opera Gent
  • Thu 21.03
    20:00 - 22:00
    Opera Gent

Bach’s polyphony as a dance score

During her 1980 stay in New York, in which she first rehearsed her celebrated ‘Violin Phase’ to the music of Steve Reich, the only other recording playing in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s studio was the Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach. Thirty-five years later, De Keersmaeker continues her work with the piece.

The Brandenburg Concertos consist of six concerti grossi, in which Bach deploys the instruments from the baroque orchestra in different, often audacious constellations. Against this backdrop, De Keersmaeker sets 16 dancers originating in different Rosas generations. De Keersmaeker approaches 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. Violinist Amandine Beyer, with whom De Keersmaeker previously collaborated for ‘Partita 2’, will conduct the orchestra. 

Like no other, Bach's music carries within itself movement and dance, managing to combine the greatest abstraction with a concrete, physical and, subsequently, even transcendental dimension.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker


choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker - music director: Amandine Beyer - musicians: B’Rock Orchestra - created with 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 - music: Johann Sebastian Bach, the Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046–1051 - costumes:
An D'Huys - set and lighting design: Jan Versweyveld - dramaturgy: Jan Vandenhouwe

production: Rosas - co-production: B’Rock Orchestra, Volksbühne (Berlin), La Monnaie / De Munt (Brussels), Opéra
de Lille, Opéra National de Paris, Sadler’s Wells (London), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Concertgebouw (Bruges), Hollandfestival (Amsterdam), Festival de Marseille

This production was realized with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, in collaboration with Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius. Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community

photo © Hugo Glendinning 


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