Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas, Pavel Kolesnikov

The Goldberg Variations, BWV988

The Goldberg Variations belong to Bach’s late period, in which the composer pushes the boundaries of musical themes in a play of variations, canons and fugues. For this composition, he started from a simple and quiet melody, joined with an underlying bass line, which steadily unfolds into a musical cosmos that reveals itself with extraordinary variety and unparalleled complexity.

Together with pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker continues her journey with Bach in dialogue with these variations in a solo performance danced by De Keersmaeker herself. In doing so, she stays true to the same principle of the musical score as the blueprint for choreography.

Spanning no less than one aria and thirty variations, the music challenges the choreography to a similar exercise in width: to find a form of dance capable of adaptation and flexibility while retaining an immutable core. To De Keersmaeker, it is above all an invitation to consolidate the road travelled as an artist, posing today’s questions in her ongoing search for a personal choreographic idiom.


choreography and dance Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | music Johann Sebastian Bach, The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 | piano Pavel Kolesnikov | musical collaboration Alain Franco | choreographic assistant Diane Madden | set and light Minna Tiikkainen | production Rosas | c-oproduction Wiener Festwochen, Concertgebouw (Brugge), De Munt / La Monnaie, Théâtre de la Ville à Paris - Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), Internationaal Theater Amsterdam / Julidans, Sadler’s Wells (London), Montpellier Danse | piano provided by Yamaha | with the support 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 and BNP Paribas Foundation
Thu 12 Jan 2023 20:00
Fri 13 Jan 2023 20:00




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