“Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
has helped define contemporary dance as we know it…”
—The Independent (UK)
“B’Rock Orchestra plays with gritty honesty and piercing sweetness”
—Financial Times (UK)
Few musical works are as beloved as the six Brandenburg concertos by J.S. Bach. Virtuosic, audacious, and overflowing with richly imaginative music, these six works display a lighter side of the composer’s imperishable genius and still sound as fresh and exciting today as they must have when audiences first heard them nearly 300 years ago. Taking this iconic masterpiece as a ready-made score, famed Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker explores the movement, dance, and transcendental dimension found in this celebrated music in a new, evening length work.
Making its North American premiere, this new dance piece embodies Bach’s polyphonic mastery by setting 16 dancers originating from different generations of her company Rosas in direct dialogue with musicians from the baroque ensemble B’Rock, who perform the concertos live under the baton of Amandine Beyer in their North American debut. This production continues a rich lineage of exploring Bach’s enduring legacy at the Armory, including St. Matthew Passion (Peter Sellars, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle in 2014) and the Goldberg Variations (Igor Levit and Marina Abramovic in 2015). And in the hands of one of the most prominent artists in contemporary dance today, these performances are sure to make audiences think about and feel this classic composition in an entirely new way.
North American Premeire
The Six Brandenburg Concertos is supported in part by the Harkness Foundation for Dance.
Image: Anne Van Aerschot
Monday, Wednesday–Thursday at 7:30pm
Friday–Saturday at 8:00pm
Sunday at 3:00pm
Tickets start at $45
Wade Thompson Drill Hall
Running time is approximately 2 hours with no intermission.
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