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Mitten wir im leben sind/ Bach 6 Cello suites

dance, music
9 january to 10 january 2022
sun: ?; mon: ?
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Mitten wir im leben sind/ Bach 6 Cello suites

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites are considered a milestone in the history of Western music. The intellectual and architectural elements continue to evoke contemporary appeal, with their rhythmic vitality and melodic intricacy. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s affinity with Bach was already apparent in several previous creations, and she continues to pursue a choreographic écriture that captures the essence of Bach’s musical language. In this production, Bach’s score, performed in its totality by the world-renowned cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, is faceted, challenged, and performed through a choreography for three male and two female dancers, De Keersmaeker herself one of them. Both the individual character of the six suites and their mutual interconnections emerge from this riveting symbiosis of music and dance.

Between January and March, the Rosas dance company presents two choreographies by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker with music by Johann Sebastian Bach, at the Gulbenkian Foundation and at Culturgest. In both cases, the music is performed live by first-tier musicians: cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras performs the Six Cello Suites in the first piece, while pianist Pavel Kolesnikov plays the Goldberg Variations in the second. A unique opportunity to hear and, in a way, “see” some of the most beautiful music ever written.


Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Jean-Guihen Queyras/ Comp. Rosas


Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

foundation, museum, library, auditorium
Avenida de Berna, 45A 217 823 000