The Six Brandenburg Concertos
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 Bach. More than 35 years later, De Keersmaeker continues her work with this music. ‘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.’
The Brandenburg Concertos consist of six concerti grossi in which Bach deploys the instruments in the baroque orchestra in varying and often daring constellations. De Keersmaeker immerses sixteen dancers from different Rosas generations in the music. Following Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten, and Vortex Temporum, she again approaches the music as a dance score, resulting in Bach’s polyphonic virtuosity being embodied onstage. The baroque ensemble B’Rock performs the concertos live. Violinist Amandine Beyer, with whom De Keersmaeker previously collaborated on Partita 2, will conduct the orchestra.
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, Opéra de Lille, Opéra National de Paris, Sadler’s Wells, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Concertgebouw Bruges, Hollandfestival, Festival de Marseille | world premiere 12/09/2018, Volksbühne Berlin | Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community