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Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione

dance
music
11—31.05.2024

In Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Radouan Mriziga set out to explore Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. The starting point for this new choreographic work is the exquisite recording of Vivaldi’s composition by virtuosic violinist and long-time Rosas collaborator Amandine Beyer and her ensemble Gli Incogniti.

The Four Seasons is one of the most well-known, iconic and reproduced pieces of music; a veritable ‘hit’ of the classical repertoire. It is also a striking ode to nature. De Keersmaeker and Mriziga, who previously collaborated on 3ird5 @ W9rk(2020), share a keen interest in the observation of nature, geometry, and embodied abstraction. They also share a concern with our changing and increasingly troubling relationship to our natural environment. Contemplating the four seasons in nature by contemplating the nature of this musical composition not only inspires further explorations of patterns present in the natural world and celestial configurations as possible starting points for choreography, it also vividly brings to the surface the urgency of the impending climate crisis. Do we still have four seasons? In addition, Vivaldi wrote this music three hundred years ago in the Mediterranean, a region at the intersection of different continents. The Four Seasons thus also invites reflection on the circulations of knowledge, power, and histories this region represents.

In Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione, multiple strands come together to create a unique choreographic language. The piece aims to return to the core, the structure of Vivaldi’s famous composition and the many associations and emotions it evokes, while offering a choreographic counterpoint to it. At the same time the dance underscores that there may be something contemplative to be found in The Four Seasons, in its familiarity, and in the familiarity of nature.
 

Rosas is the company of dancer and choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, founded in 1983. Since her debut, she has been committed to a meticulous exploration of the simplest to most complex forms of movement, in relation to music. From Bach to Mozart, from Miles Davis to Joan Baez. Besides creating new work - often also in other contexts such as museums or in public spaces - a large number of pieces are still performed all over the world. Kaaitheater is a permanent partner in Brussels. 

Radouan Mriziga is a choreographer from Marrakech who lives in Brussels. He studied at P.A.R.T.S., the training led by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. His work explores the relationship between space, architecture, the body and their connections to the mind and intellect. He was artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater from 2017 to 2022. 

concept, choreography, set and light design Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Radouan Mriziga | created with and performed by Boštjan Antončič, Nassim Baddag, Lav Crnčević, José Paulo dos Santos | music Antonio Vivaldi, Le quattro Stagioni - Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti | costume design Aouatif Boulaich | rehearsal director Eleni Ellada Damianou | production Rosas | co-production Berliner Festspiele, Charleroi Danse, Concertgebouw Brugge (Bruges), De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels), Festival d'Automne à Paris, Festival de Marseille, ImPulsTanz (Vienna), Sadler's Wells (London), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) | with the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels | this production is realized with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, in collaboration with Casa Kafka Pictures –Belfius | Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission (VGC)

DURATION : 90 min.
WORLD PREMIERE

With an introduction in English at 19:45

Wed 22 May 24
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Sat 25 May 24
20:30
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Sun 26 May 24
15:00
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Tue 28 May 24
20:30
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Wed 29 May 24
20:30
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Thu 30 May 24
20:30
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Fri 31 May 24
20:30
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Presented by
Kaaitheater Rosas De Munt / La Monnaie Kunstenfestivaldesarts
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