© Anne Van Aerschot

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Pavel Kolesnikov / ROSAS

‘The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988’
Voo?uit & Opera Ballet
21.12 - 23.12

Dancing solo to Bach’s music

‘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 The large casting of ‘The Six Brandenburg Concertos’ – her previous creation to music by Bach – is now brought back to 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.

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Tue 21 till Thu 23.12 - 20:00 Opera Ballet (Schouwburgstraat 3, 9000 Gent)
PODIUM / dance
€28 / 24 (-26)
120 min.

“This ‘Goldberg Variations’ offers virtuosity and experience - of life, of the stage.”

- New York Times


choreography & 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 & lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen - sound: Alban Moraud / Erwan Boulay - artistic assistant: Martine Lange - artistic coordination & planning: Anne Van Aerschot - tourmanagers: Tis Daneels, Bert De Bock & Laura Delaere - technical director: Marlies Jacques - costumes coordinator: Heide Vanderieck - sewing: Emmanuelle Erhart - wardrobe: Emma Zune & Ella De Vos - technicians: Max Adams, Jonathan Maes, Quentin Maes, Olivier De Groelard, Bram Geldhof, Jan Balfoort & Michael Smets - production: Rosas - coproduction: Wiener Festwochen, Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Munt / La Monnaie, Théâtre de la Ville à Paris - Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), Internationaal Theater Amsterdam / Julidans, Sadler’s Wells (London) & Montpellier Danse - special thanks to: Takeshi Sakai, Anke Loh, Kees Van Houten, Leen Decin, Cynthia Loemij & Jacob Storer